For the second time in two months, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) froze while answering a simple question.
A spokesperson later explained, “Leader McConnell felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today.”
The troubling incident has sparked renewed discussion regarding term or age limits on government officials.
A reporter asked, “What are your thoughts on running for re-election?”
“What’re my thoughts about what?” the GOP leader asked, seemingly confused.
“What are your thoughts on running for re-election?” a reporter asked McConnell.
“What’re my thoughts about what?” the GOP leader repeated.
“What are your thoughts on running for re-election in 2026?” the reporter asked.
McConnell stared blankly for 10 seconds before an aide appeared next to him and asked, “Did you hear the question, Senator? Running for re-election in 2026?”
“I’m okay,” he told an aide who appeared by his side. Gracefully, the aide said to the reporters: “Does anybody else have any questions? Please speak up.
McConnell reportedly answered a few follow-up questions.
An aide later reported, “While he feels fine, as a prudential measure, the Leader will be consulting a physician prior to his next event.”
The longstanding GOP lawmaker previously froze for about 30 seconds during a news conference alongside other Republican lawmakers at the Capitol a month ago.
At the time, an aide told Fox News Digital he “felt light-headed and stepped away for a moment.”
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