Doubts over Mitch McConnell's health grow following press conference freeze-up

 August 31, 2023

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze up during a press conference this week, leading some to wonder if the Kentucky Republican is experiencing major health problems.  

According to the Washington Examiner, the incident occurred on Wednesday as the 81-year-old McConnell was answering reporters' questions following a lengthy speech to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum.

Statement says McConnell "felt momentarily lightheaded"

When asked whether or not he would run for another term in office, McConnell suddenly stopped speaking and stared into the distance.

After roughly 30 seconds of silence, an aide asked McConnell if he had heard the question. Although the senator said that he had, he offered no further comment.

A spokesperson provided a statement to the Examiner that read, "Leader McConnell felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today."

McConnell froze up at earlier press conference

This is not the first time that McConnell has suddenly halted at a public event, as something similar happened at another press conference in July.

That lead to calls for McConnell to step down, including from former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is currently running for the GOP's presidential nomination.

Haley: "We need new generational leaders"

She told CBS News' "Face the Nation" that America has "got to have a new generation," adding, "We’ve got to stop electing people because we like them and they’ve been there a long time. That’s actually the problem."

"What I’m saying about Mitch McConnell, [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein, Joe Biden, [former House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, all of them: know when to walk away," she continued.

"We have huge issues that need new solutions, we need new generational leaders. We appreciate your service. We appreciate what you’ve done. But this is why we will fight for term limits. We’ve got to get it done in America," Haley insisted.

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