Senate Republicans Double Down On Feeble McConnell?

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( – On Sunday, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) stated that he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had spoken on Saturday afternoon and that the GOP leader was in “good shape.” Many are concerned about McConnell’s health as on Wednesday he froze up for a second time while speaking with reporters.

Rounds, in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” reaffirmed that he was confident that McConnell could continue leading the Senate Republicans and pointed out many of the points that the Capitol physician had made about the lightheadedness that McConnell experiences being related to a concussion he suffered from a few months later.

Rounds claimed that he had spoken with McConnell the previous day to let him know about doing the interview on CNN and that he was both “direct” and in “good shape.” He added that McConnell had told him that following the concussion his doctors had warned him that he might experience some lightheadedness and that so far it has only happened twice, and both of those times had been in front of reporters. He added that the Capitol physician Dr. Monahan was someone who always said things as they were, and that if he believed McConnell was ready to go, then that was the case.

Rounds was also asked about whether he believes that the Minority Leader should be more transparent about his condition with the American public. In response, Rounds argued that McConnell was aware of everything that needed to be done and that it was up to him whether or not he thought that there needed to be discussions with the American public about it.

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