U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky took a minute to talk strategy on the government shutdown between TV interviews – all recorded on a hot mic.
“Do you have a second?” Paul asked.
With Kentucky local news station WPSD 6 camera rolling, McConnell said he was “all wired up,” but huddled with Paul to talk.
“I just did CNN, and I just go over and over again: ‘We’re willing to compromise. We’re willing to negotiate.’” Paul said. “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.”
“I just came back from that two-hour meeting with them,” McConnell said. “That was basically the same view privately as it was publically.”
Paul was confident the Republicans have made progress since Tuesday on the shutdown strategy.
“I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’,” Paul said. “I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think.”
Watch the conversation here via Kentucky’s WPSD 6:
H/T: The Blaze