McConnell and Paul's put on two-man show on U.S. Senate floor

09/25/2013 05:36 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul took over the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday using stories of Kentucky constituents and their own experience with the Affordable Care Act to discuss the impact of the law.

McConnell asked that he and Paul be allowed to engage in the discussion on the Senate floor before taking control of the floor for over 20 minutes.

McConnell and Paul went back and forth asking each other questions about the harmful effects of the law, citing Paul’s profession as an eye doctor and McConnell’s time in the Senate during the passage of the law at multiple points.

“Is there any way, I would say to my colleague Dr. Rand Paul, how this could possibly hold down costs?” McConnell said.

“No, and in fact you know I think there were problems health care. But as a physician for 20 years what I heard most was the cost of health care,” Paul said. “This does nothing to control cost, in fact Obamacare does the opposite.”

You can see the dialogue between the Senators here:

This type of teamwork between the two is the first of its kind for Paul and McConnell in the Senate.

It also stands in stark contrast to the pair of Texas Republican senators. While Sen. Ted Cruz spent more than 21 hours over the last two days on the Senate floor protesting the Affordable Care Act, he did so without the backing of Texas Sen. John Cornyn. And Cruz and Cornyn haven’t been close, as Politico reported today .


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