McConnell on Ending the Government Shutdown


"I wasn't in a very good position at that point. I used a football analogy. I was on my own 2 yard line. The offensive line was kinda shaky. And I was tryin' to get off a punt to get into a better position."

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Senator Mitch McConnell is an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, and up until last week it was keeping him from voting to end the government shutdown.

I asked him if he and Senator Harry Reid could get together to end the shutdown last week, why didn't they do it two weeks ago?

"And about a week ago," McConnell said, "the speaker came into my office and he said 'Look we just aren't gonna be able to send you anything.' And at that point it was up to me to do the best I could. I wasn't in a very good position at that point. I used a football analogy, I was on my own 2 yard line. The offensive line was kinda shaky. And I was tryin' to get off a punt to get into a better position. And the punt is into January and February."

Senator McConnell promises there will not be another government shutdown when they vote on the budget in 2014.


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