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GOP ponders whether President Trump helps sell health care

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WASHINGTON (AP) - How should Republicans use their high-profile salesman in the health care debate?

President Donald Trump has a unique ability to command and control attention, and that could be leveraged to bolster public support for Republican efforts and ramp up pressure on wavering senators.

But lawmakers and aides privately worry about Trump's grasp of the bill's principles, and wonder whether his difficulty staying on message can do more harm than good.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote this week after it became clear he couldn't muster enough Republican support to pass the bill and offset  unanimous opposition from Democrats. GOP leaders are now hoping to pass a bill in the Senate and reconcile it with an earlier version approved by the House before lawmakers head home in August.

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