After visibly freezing at the Capitol Hill conference back in July, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell was seen in the similar condition again on Wednesday’s news conference held in Kentucky.
This was not an incident happened for the first time, so it was not surprising much to see it happen again at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Covington on August 30, when McConnell froze for about 30 seconds while the reporters asked him about his intentions for stepping in elections in 2026.
McConnell was dead staring for about half a minute until one of his assistants asked if he heard what the reporter asked. The assistant then turned to media and went, “Alright, I’m sorry you all. We are going to need a minute.”
Another assistant ensured the reporters that McConnell was fine and that he’ll be visiting his physician prior to his future events, while a representative shared with a news reporter, “Leader McConnell felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today.”
After some time, the leader got back at his position where whilst answering to questions he confirmed the media that he felt fine. Back in July, the senator left the public and his representatives worried when he froze while speaking in Capitol Hill and had to be carried away.
After the session was over, one of the senator’s assistants told the ABC news reporters, “McConnell sounded like his usual self and was in good spirits.”
The incident created concerns among the Congress members about their aged members. After the pause, McConnell only answered to two questions with a shaky and quiet voice, while he recalled – “Daniel Cameron (Kentucky Attorney General) was far and away the best candidate for Governor.”
The senator’s spokespersons confirmed the leader felt light headed and that he would be continuing with his political position over the 2024 elections.
The president also followed up with McConnell to know if he was doing fine after the July incident. Where McConnell shared that he gossiped to with Joe Biden about him getting “sandbagged.”
While the president said at a conference on Wednesday, “Mitch is a friend, as you know, not a joke. We always, I know people don’t believe that’s the case, but we have disagreements politically, but he’s a good friend. And so, I’m going to try to get in touch with him later this afternoon. I don’t know enough to know.”
This year, Mitch McConnell was stated the longest-server Senate leader of the history, but his declining health is a matter of concern for the co-leaders, his party and public as well.