Mitch McConnell freezes up again during Kentucky press conference


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze up in front of reporters for the second time in as many months Wednesday, this time during an event in his home state of Kentucky.

McConnell, 81, was in the middle of a back-and-forth about the prospect of running for another six-year term in 2026 when he became stone-faced in a manner eerily reminiscent of his July 27 episode on Capitol Hill.

“What are my thoughts about what?” McConnell asked.

“Running for re-election in 2026,” a reporter answered.

“Oh,” McConnell exclaimed before his eyes darted upward and he stared blankly into space.

“Did you hear the question, Senator? Running for re-election in 2026?” a woman standing next to McConnell said.

After about 30 seconds, McConnell appeared to snap back to reality and took two additional questions.

McConnell spooked the DC press corps when he froze up midsentence while discussing the annual defense bill.

He was then escorted away from the microphone by his colleagues, but later returned to tell reporters that he was “fine” and fully able to do his job.

A McConnell aide later explained that the minority leader “felt light-headed and stepped away for a moment” but returned to the podium to field questions, “which as everyone observed was sharp.”

McConnell has endured a handful of health scares in recent months. Back in March, he suffered a concussion after a tumble during a fundraiser at the falling at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington. He also lost his footing while leading a Senate delegation to Finland this past February and took a tumble while getting off a plane at Reagan National Airport in July.


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