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 PaulWhite House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers MORE (R-Ky.) mentioned Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Former Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in 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 TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career 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 ClintonPelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career Hillary Clinton calls for women to 'repair' COVID-19's 'damage' on women's rights Hillary Clinton says she hopes GOP will 'find its soul' 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 TrumpTrump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE, former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciBiden doubles down on normal at White House Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' MORE and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel.