The Chatter: Paul's plans to run for President and Senate in '16; McConnell feeling Obamacare repeal pressure

11/10/2014 02:14 PM

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is still walking down the path of running for two offices come 2016 — president and U.S. Senate — the Kentucky Senator told Politico
in a story published Sunday.

Paul told Politico’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen that he anticipates running both his re-election campaign in Kentucky and a run for president out of a headquarters in Louisville.

Politico is reporting that Paul’s staff reached out to former Republican nominee Mitt Romney about how to run a campaign for president from outside of Washington D.C.

The 55-year old Paul also took a shot at Hillary Clinton, 67, in the interview calling a run for office “a rigorous physical ordeal.” Paul also continues to single out the former Secretary of State’s handling of Libya as Clinton’s “Achilles’ heel.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell endorsed Paul last week telling the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman that Paul will “be able to count on me.”

McConnell pressed by GOP to make repeal move on ACA

Fresh off his re-election victory and poised to become the Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell is being pressured by conservatives in Washington to attempt a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

With McConnell likely to ascend to the top position in the Senate Washington Republicans are pressuring Kentucky’s senior Senator to use a procedural move known as reconciliation to force a repeal measure, according to The Hill.

The procedure will require some complex maneuvering by Republicans including rule changes in order to get around a likely Democrat led filibuster.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville last week that the GOP has options even with a slim majority in the chamber next year, and that they would look at sections of the Affordable Care Act to revise the legislation.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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