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The Chatter (Rand Paul edition): Paul says McConnell might be holding his nose and talks Obamacare on Daily Show

08/13/2013 11:15 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said it might be U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell who is holding his nose on the campaign trail rather than campaign manager Jesse Benton after controversial comments made last week.

Last week, Benton came under fire when the libertarian EconomicPolicyJournal.com published audio of the phone call between Benton and a former staffer on the 2008 Ron Paul for President campaign. In the recording, Benton says he is “sort of holding my nose for two years” working for the McConnell campaign.

Benton went on to say in the call that his work for McConnell will be a “big benefit” to Paul when he runs in 2016, although Benton didn’t say whether he expected that to be for president or U.S. Senate again.

While appearing on CBS This Morning , Paul was asked about the comments by Benton and Paul joked it may not be Benton holding his nose.

“The funny thing about that is, I know the campaign manager well and I’ve been on a campaign bus with him before, and I’m guessing it’s McConnell who has to hold his nose sometimes,” Paul said Tuesday.

When asked what Paul meant by that, he replied “we’ll just have to let that stand as is.”

But Paul did say he is confident Benton is in it to help McConnell win in 2014.

“I see nothing but sincerity and desire to really to have Sen. McConnell re-elected,” Paul said. “And I think he’ll do everything within his power to make that happen.”

Paul disses the Affordable Care Act on The Daily Show

Sen. Rand Paul defended his opposition to the Affordable Care Act while appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” by expressing his concern that the law will hurt the people it is intended to help.

Paul said on the news satire program that he believes the government mandated health care will force people to pay more for insurance they can not afford and that the work to enact the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare— was a misguided effort by Washington politicians.

“I call it the dinosaur syndrome,” he said. “We have a lot of politicians who have really small brains and really big hearts. And they want to do what’s right, but I don’t think it’s going to work.”

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