McConnell's first thought after health care vote failed: "Feel better. Hillary Clinton could be president"

08/05/2017 12:58 PM

MAYSVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shared his first thoughts after the stunning defeat of a bill which would have started the process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Surrounded by the party faithful at the Graves County Republican Party breakfast, McConnell said he “choose not to dwell on situations where we come up a little bit short.”

“Even on the night we came up one vote short of our dream of repealing Obamacare here is the first thing I thought of: Feel better. Hillary Clinton could be president,” he said to applause and laughter. “Chuck Schumer could be majority leader, and almost instantly I felt better.”

McConnell sought to reassure Republicans in Graves County that there is progress in Congress, despite coming up short on seven years of campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“A Congress goes on for two years. Don’t think we’re not going to continue to change America, and we already have,” he said.

McConnell offered U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as proof that the United States is changing under GOP control in of Capitol Hill and the White House.

As an explanation of what it’s like to be the majority leader, McConnell compared it to a graveyard.

“It’s a little bit like being the groundskeeper at a cemetery. Everybody’s under you but nobody is listening,” McConnell said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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