Rand Paul's mention of McCain draws boos at conservative event

Rand Paul's mention of McCain draws boos at conservative event

A crowd of mostly high school students booed when Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill MORE (R-Ky.) mentioned Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R-Ariz.) during a speech on Tuesday night.

"The reason we didn't repeal [ObamaCare] is because we have six or seven Republican senators who got cold feet," Paul said at the High School Leadership Summit hosted by conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA).

"Let's just say, John McCain and a few others," Paul added, drawing boos from the audience.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE and other allies have repeatedly swiped at McCain's decisive vote last year against a scaled-down bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which helped torpedo GOP efforts to undo former President Obama's signature health-care law.


Paul's comments Tuesday echoed Trump, who has continually mocked McCain for the "thumbs down" hand gesture he made when he voted down the bill.

McCain has been in his home state of Arizona for months undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer following a diagnosis last year.

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, last month called the president's mockery of her father "gross." 

On Tuesday, the high school crowd also interrupted Paul's TPUSA speech with Trump's signature campaign rally chant of "Lock her up," which refers to jailing 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE

"So, when the people say, 'Oh, what about the Republicans and Russians?,' the only person we know who paid the Russians was Hillary Clinton," Paul said.

The crowd chanted "Lock her up" until Paul resumed speaking. 

Earlier in the day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also laughed as a TPUSA crowd chanted "Lock her up."

The four-day TPUSA conference runs through Thursday and features top conservative figures including Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel.