Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, is considered the most likely GOP candidate to back an extension of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
But he said he is not planning to support a Senate resolution that would let states continue the expansion.
“I think there is a very real need for an expansion,” Cotton told reporters Wednesday.
He added that it’s important to get more young adults into the market.
“We need to get as many young people into the marketplace as possible,” Cotton said.
“There’s not a doubt about that.”
Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) has been more vocal about the need for the ACA expansion, but he said Tuesday he would be open to a resolution that could let states extend Medicaid.
“My view is we should let states determine whether they want to expand,” McCain said.
McCain, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, said he’s concerned about what’s happening in the Senate over the extension.
“It’s not clear if this is a vote to extend or not,” he said.
The latest poll shows that McCain’s Democratic challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), is also leading.
Polls have shown that Duckworth has a lead over McCain in Iowa, where voters are more divided.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.