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 PaulPressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria MORE (R-Ky.) mentioned Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally 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 John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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.

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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 ClintonTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpSpecial counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report Watchdog group: Trump had over 1,400 conflicts of interest in first two years CNN's Gergen: Trump discouraging next generation from civil service MORE, former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWhite House press aide Raj Shah joining lobbying firm Scaramucci joining cast of Celebrity Big Brother Scaramucci cautions Trump against declaring national emergency: It's not right to do MORE and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel.