More than 300 who showed up at a tea party rally on the steps of the state capitol gave U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell a warm welcome helped along by some cheerleading by the state’s other Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
But if McConnell and Paul were the day’s honored guests, then President Barack Obama was the dishonored guest. Every speaker invoked Obama’s name several times, always with criticism and always greeted by cheers from most of the crowd.
But there were some counter-protestors, perhaps as many as 50, who shouted “Yes, we can” and “four more years” while McConnell promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which opponents call Obamacare.
Every speaker called for the repeal of the law, the signature achievement of Obama’s first four years. As they spoke, people in the crowd carried signs that read “Hands off my healthcare,” but one man walked in front of the stage with one that said, “I love Obamacare.”
McConnell has been viewed with skepticism if not suspicion by some in the tea party ever since he publicly endorsed Trey Grayson in the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, a primary won overwhelmingly by tea party favorite Paul. But McConnell has moved steadily to shore up his standing on his right flank since then. Tuesday, he sounded like Paul’s biggest fan.
He called Paul “an extraordinary leader from Kentucky, my teammate Rand Paul. He’s a national leader making a difference for Kentucky and the nation.”
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