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Kentucky Station Catches Republican Senators Huddling Over Shutdown Spin

Paducah, KY, NBC affiliate WPSD caught a glimpse of two leading Republicans talking about how they were going to talk about the shutdown.

WPSG news director Bill Evans told TVSpy the station had asked for an interview with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. When he showed up in the right spot, “An NBC producer/camera team hooked the Senator up and the producer asked questions while we recorded the answers here in Paducah.”

While he was hanging out after the interview and WPSD was still recording Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky, approached the Republican Minority Leader and asked, “You got a second?”

McConnel told Paul, “I’m all wired up here.” But that didn’t stop Paul from telling McConnell how he talked about the government shutdown with CNN and how it would compare to what the Democrats were saying.

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise.’ ‘We’re willing to negotiate,’” said Paul. “I don’t think they poll tested ‘We won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”

Paul is referring to Democrats saying they won’t negotiate over the bill linking the debt ceiling to funding for the Affordable Care Act.

“I think if we keep saying ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and now we’re willing to compromise on this,’” said Paul. “I think they can’t. We’re gonna. We, I think. Well, I know we don’t want to be here. But we’re gonna win this I think.”

Evans said neither Senator’s office has contacted the station.


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