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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) questions Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) during his confirmation hearing to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget with Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

McCain said he voted against the bill last month because it fell short of the Republican promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with meaningful reform.

After the radio interview, McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo criticized Johnson, saying: “It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend.”

Earlier this week, Johnson said in a statement to CNBC: “I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through.”

Johnson also spoke on health-care reform on Thursday. He said the process isn’t over, calling Obamacare “a mess.”



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