McConnell, Paul Caught On Hot Mike Talking Shutdown Strategy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul when Paul ran in to McConnell, who was wired for an interview he had just done for CNN. They began discussing party messaging on the 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 them to say that over and over again,” Paul said of the Obama administration’s stance on the shutdown.
“Yeah, I do too, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly,” McConnell said…
In the video recording, Paul was confident that the GOP’s pivot from demanding Obamacare be defunded to seeking out compromise would succeed.
“I think if we keep saying ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that but now 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,” he said.