A GOP lawmaker blasted the Senate majority leader on Tuesday over comments he made at a Nevada casino, calling the remarks “unfortunate.”
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he found it “incredibly disappointing” that Sen. Rand Paul (R) “said he would like to see a $1 million bet on the House of Representatives losing by 10 percent, but the Senate Majority Leader said that is not something that the GOP can afford.”
He added, “I would hope Senator Paul would stop making false statements about the GOP.”
In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, Paul had said, “There’s no way that you can be a majority party if you do that.”
Asked if he meant that the Senate would not hold votes, Paul said, “”I don’t think so.
“Paul said the GOP would not be able to win a majority if it did not do its part to defund Planned Parenthood, and that “we need to be working to repeal Obamacare.””
We’re not the party of Donald Trump, we’re not going to be the party that goes into the middle of November and says, ‘Oh, we’ll get rid of Obamacare and the Republican party, we can’t do it,’ because we’re in the middle,” he said.
The Kentucky Republican is also calling for a federal budget to be unveiled before the midterms, saying that it would be “fiscally irresponsible” to not get a spending bill done.
The Senate GOP’s leadership on Tuesday sent a letter to Paul urging him to clarify his comments, but Paul did not respond.