Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell: Hot Mic Catches Shutdown Talking Points

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell were both caught on a hot mic Wednesday discussing the government shutdown.

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think… I don’t think they poll tested we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again,” said Sen. Paul (R.-Ky), according to local station WPSD.

“Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly,” McConnell responded. Politico points out that he was likely referring to a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Paul the responds that “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well, I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think.”

Paul has publicly stated that he doesn’t want the government to shut down but stresses that the federal government needs to quash its debt problems.

 

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.