Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul were caught on a hot mic by WPSD 6 plotting their next move in the government shutdown they engineered.
“I just did CNN,” Paul said. “I just said over and over again, ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’ I don’t think [Democrats] poll tested ‘We won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again”
“Yeah, I do too,” McConnell said. “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.”
“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 said, before walking away.
This comes as GOP Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) had a sexist encounter with CNN host Carol Costello, saying, “Carol, you’re beautiful but you need to be honest as well,” when she questioned the shutdown dialogue was going around in circles. And as Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) verbally attacked Park Rangers for doing their jobs.