Senate Republicans will examine opportunities to work with Democrats on a case-by-case basis, one Senate GOP leader said Monday night.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said that while Republicans disagree strongly with the way Democrats crafted healthcare legislation, they would not refuse cooperation the rest of the year as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had suggested

Thune decried the reconciliation maneuver Democrats are using their healthcare bill as "a pretty extreme example of using a very partisan process," but said that Republicans would still be open to working on legislation, depending on the underlying bill. 

"That isn't to say that on the other issues that are in front of us, whether it's financial regulation, some of the other things, obviously, we're going to look at these issues on a case-by-case basis," the fourth-ranking Senate Republican said during an appearance on CNN.

"And if it makes sense, and we think these are solutions that represent the middle, and not the extreme left, like the health care bill did, then we will be willing to work with the Democrats and to make sure that we try and get good solutions in place," Thune added.

McCain drew a stiff rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), whose spokesman, Jim Manley, who said the Arizona senator's remarks were in line with a Senate GOP that's done little to work cooperatively this year.