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GOP Rep. Tom Cotton: Obamacare "Repeal's Not Gonna Probably Work"

"I obviously supported the repeal of Obamacare and I still would like to repeal that law ... repeal's not gonna probably work when the guy in the White House is still named Barack Obama."

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Arkansas Rep. and Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton says a repeal of President Obama's health care law isn't happening as long as Obama is still in office. Cotton made the remarks to NBC-affiliate KARK-TV.

"We've compromised repeatedly, I obviously supported the repeal of Obamacare and I still would like to repeal that law ... repeal's not gonna probably work when the guy in the White House is still named Barack Obama. That's why we've tried to defund it ... we've just offered to delay it," he said.

"Now that the Obamacare exchanges have been open for a few days it's clear they're not ready for primetime. We are hearing reports now that they might not be ready for six months. That's why a one-year delay would be appropriate."

Most polls show a close race between Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Cotton in the upcoming 2014 election.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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