Mitch McConnell Experiences Another Freeze During Press Conference
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had another moment of freezing up during a press conference in Kentucky, similar to an episode he had about a month earlier on Capitol Hill. In the recent incident, McConnell struggled to respond to a question about his thoughts on running for re-election in 2026. He began to say “That’s uh…” but then fell silent for a few moments, appearing frozen. An aide rushed to his side to check if he heard the question.
After a brief pause, McConnell indicated that he was able to continue with the event. He took a few more questions before ending the press conference. A spokesperson for McConnell stated that he had felt momentarily lightheaded and paused as a prudential measure, and that he would be consulting a physician before his next event.
This occurrence comes roughly four weeks after McConnell experienced a similar freeze during a press conference on Capitol Hill. In the earlier incident, McConnell was escorted away from the podium but returned shortly afterward, saying he was “fine.”
McConnell, along with other older politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and President Joe Biden, has faced health concerns and pressure to retire due to his age.