McConnell on healthcare failure: 'Feel better, Hillary Clinton could be president'

McConnell on healthcare failure: 'Feel better, Hillary Clinton could be president'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) looked to rally Republicans on Saturday in the wake of the Senate GOP's failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill last month.

“I choose not to dwell on situations where we come up a little bit short,” McConnell said during a surprise appearance at a Republican event in Kentucky, according to local radio station WFPL.

“Even on the night when we came up one vote short of our dream to repeal and replace ObamaCare, here’s the first thing I thought about: feel better, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE could be president," he added.

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McConnell's comments come as lawmakers have returned to their home districts for the August recess after Senate GOP efforts to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed last week in the Senate, with a scaled-down repeal bill narrowly failing.

President Trump has recently pushed Senate Republicans to abolish the legislative filibuster and bring back efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 healthcare law, but Republicans appear poised to move on to other issues such as tax reform.