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Rand Paul dismisses hot mike controversy

By Sam Youngman
syoungman@herald-leader.com

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul brushed off criticisms Thursday that a conversation he had with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which was caught by a microphone, reflected a crass political strategy Republicans are pursuing during the federal government shutdown.

The so-called hot mic exchange between the two men shows Paul discussing Republican strategy for winning the public relations battle over the shutdown, which most polls indicate Americans blame on Republicans.

“I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re going to win this, I think,” Paul said to McConnell as the two men paused between television interviews.

In a statement, Paul scoffed at the idea he had been caught doing or saying anything wrong.

“Everything that was said ‘in private’ was also said just minutes earlier in front of cameras during a CNN and a Fox interview,” Paul said.

Paul’s staff added that the senator has said repeatedly he thought a federal government shutdown was a bad idea and he continues to believe that Republicans have been willing to compromise while Democrats have not.

Filed Under: ElectionsFederal GovernmentMitch McConnellRand Paul

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  1. sara says:

    Disgusting. Are these really Kentuckians?

  2. CoolerKing says:

    Rand and Mitch are truly despicable. To them, this isn’t about getting health care to people are going without it. It’s not about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are being hurt by the shutdown. They view all of this as a game to be “won.” This isn’t a game, Senators. Your job is to serve the American people — not yourselves.

  3. goncrazy says:

    Even more disgusting is the way kentuckians will re elect both sob’s

  4. Ralph says:

    Rand and Mitch go together like…doesn’t matter. Just as long as they go. John Sherman Cooper (who saved Mitch from a dishonorable discharge in 1967 — ask him about it) must be spinning in his grave.

  5. Democrat says:

    I’m a Democrat and voted for Rand Paul.

    I will continue to do so. So far he is the only politician Kentucky has sent to DC in which I can take pride.

    Haters going to hate, but there is a reason he won his primary by 30 points(even though every Republican “leader” in the state was for Greyson) and his general by 20.

    His stances attract people from both sides of the aisle.

  6. Buck+Feshear says:

    This story is much ado about nothing and it’s no surprise that the liberal Obama-loving press glommed on to it.