On Friday, Arizona Senator John McCain, who delivered the final blow to the previous attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, said he will vote no against his party’s current healthcare plan.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Appearing at a campaign rally for Republican Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama, President Trump gave the incumbent a ringing endorsement while remaining largely quiet on Sen. John McCain, who said Friday he would not support a last-minute effort to repeal Obamacare.
Cheered on by the thousands inside the packed Von Braun Center in Houston, Trump briefly criticized McCain, R-Ariz.
The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would give states broader authority to determine coverage parameters and would end the requirement that individuals have to buy insurance.
Trump, however, made no mention of McCain’s latest remarks, instead focusing on the Arizona senator’s vote against an earlier health care bill.
Beyond his remarks about McCain, the president extolled Strange, who is just days away from facing former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.
“Luther is a tough, tough cookie. He doesn’t kowtow to anybody,” Trump said, recalling his interactions in recent months with Strange, whom he frequently called “Big Luther” and a “giant.” “Luther Strange is determined to drain that swamp.”
Trump peppered such praise for Strange throughout a free-wheeling speech that lasted nearly an hour and a half while touching upon many issues he brought up during last year’s presidential campaign.
He touched on everything from coal mining jobs and federal regulations to an international climate change agreement and football players who protest the national anthem.