Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared to think the 81-year-old U.S. Senate Minority Leader’s health was not an issue worth discussing during a session interview with CBS.
Face the nation’Rep. Margaret Brennan met with McConnell at the Capitol on Friday to discuss the myriad issues before Congress, including funding for Israel and Ukraine and the House’s inability to elect a speaker. She took the opportunity to bring up McConnell’s repeated freezes at news conferences over the summer, which sparked speculation about the octogenarian’s health.
A Capitol doctor claimed McConnell showed There were no signs of a stroke, seizure or Parkinson’s disease and attributed the moments to possible dehydration, although the repeated incidents left questions unanswered.
“Is there anything the public should know that hasn’t been revealed?” Brennan asked.
McConnell avoided details, a practice he often uses with reporters on the Hill when asked about his health. “I’m in good shape, fully recovered and back in action,” he told Brennan.
His taciturn response didn’t seem to satisfy Brennan, who wondered whether McConnell meant he could still serve “at a time when we’re talking about incredible dysfunction in Washington”?
“I think we should talk about what we talked about earlier and not my health,” McConnell retorted.
Fox News Sunday‘s Shannon Bream also interviewed McConnell. She said in her introduction to her interview that she also asked about his health and he said, “He’s doing great and has perfect health.” She didn’t comment on her questions on the subject or McConnell’s response.
McConnell Support found among his Republican Senate colleagues last month after his second freeze, which followed a previous one in July and a fall in March that gave him a concussion. The moments left one senator, fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, still with questions.
“Everyone has seen the clips,” he said told reporter last month. “It’s not a valid medical diagnosis to say this is dehydration.”