1. Vice President Mike Pence walks toward podium after greeting Small Business Administrator leader Linda McMahon
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"You know, Linda, we're grateful for your leadership, but maybe we could've used a few of your WWE super stars on Capitol Hill yesterday. Give her another round of applause for leading the Small Business Administration."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"And I heard again from these West Virginia small business owners about the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. They told me about how Obamacare stands in the way and stifles growth. It's a burden not just to job creators, it's also a burden to the American people."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"Because every promise of Obamacare has been broken. You all remember what they were. Seven years ago after Obamacare was signed into law, they told us if you like your doctor, you can keep them. Not true. They said if you like your health plan, you can keep it. Not true. We were all told that the cost of health insurance would go down. Well that one wasn't true either. And West Virginia knows this better than most: it's heartbreaking to say it, last year alone, Obamacare premiums here in West Virginia spiked by a stunning 32 percent."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"West Virginians and President Trump, we all know the truth about this failed law -- that everyday Obamacare survives, is another day that America suffers. That's why the President worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to get Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. You saw his resolve to work with whoever he needed to work with, to call whoever he needed to call to get our plan over across the finish line this week on Capitol Hill. I've gotta tell you -- I was inspired by President Trump's determination and commitment to keep his promise to the American people."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"And the president and I are grateful to Speaker Paul Ryan and all the House Republicans who stood with us in this effort to begin the end of Obamacare, but as we all learned yesterday, Congress just wasn't ready. You saw it. With 100 percent of House Democrats -- every single one -- and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, we're back to the drawing board."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in Congress actually said yesterday was a 'victory' for the American people. But West Virginia knows better. Yesterday wasn't a victory for the American people. It was a victory for the status quo in Washington, D.C. And it was a victory for the disaster of Obamacare. But I promise you -- that victory won't last very long."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice President Mike Pence:
"As the president promised just this morning, we'll all get together and piece together a great health care plan for the people. We will end the Obamacare nightmare and give the American people the world-class health care that they deserve."
A defiant Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump's administration is refusing to accept defeat on health care.
A day after legislation was pulled off the House floor that would have unraveled former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Pence told a gathering Saturday in Scott Depot, West Virginia, that "we will end the Obamacare nightmare and give the American people the world class health care that they deserve."
He told a few hundred people at construction materials firm Foster Supply that Friday's setback was a victory for the status quo in Washington, D.C., "but I promise you that victory won't last very long."
Earlier, Pence and U.S. Small Business Administrator leader Linda McMahon held a private discussion with a dozen business owners about the challenges they face.