McConnell Freezes For The Second Time At Press Conference In Kentucky

As per a CNN report, Mitch McConnell froze for the second time on 30 August (Wednesday) while speaking to reporters at Covington in Kentucky. He froze for 30 seconds when reporters were asking questions after his speech. The incident that occurred on Wednesday is similar to the one McConnell faced at the US Capitol in the last month, 14 July 2023. He is 81-year-old and his freezing for the second time probably would raise extra questions about his health and fitness.

The Wednesday incident took place when a reporter asked Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader, about his plan for reelection in 2026. The leader was seen to request the reporter to repeat the question many times and stay paused by staring straight ahead after closing his mouth. He left the site without leaving any comments on his health  

According to a source, who talked to BBC, “Leader McConnell felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today”. A staff member with the Republican Leader said to a BBC reporter, "feels fine" but "will be consulting a physician prior to his next event".

Joe Biden, the American President, talked to reporters and said he was planning to contact Mitch McConnell. In his talk with reporters on Wednesday, he said, “Mitch is a friend, as you know – not a joke, I know people don’t believe that’s the case. We have disagreements politically but he’s a good friend and so I’m going to try and get in touch with him later this afternoon. I don’t know enough to know”.   

Who is Mitch McConnell?

Addison Mitchell McConnell III or Mitch McConnell is a retired attorney and American politician. He is serving as a US senator for the 7th term from Kentucky. Previously, he served as a Senate Minority Leader from 2007 to 2015. And from 2015 to 2021 under Republican control, he was a Senate majority Leader. Simply, he has been the leader of the Senate Republican Conference since 2007.

Mitch McConnell was born on the 20th February of 1947 in Sheffield, Alabama. His parents were Addison Mitchell and Julia Odene. At the age of 2, his left leg had paralysis in 1944 and recovered from it at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. In 1956, he did his schooling from duPont Manual High School. During his school days, he was the president of the student council. He completed his BA in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 1964. During his college studies, he was the president of the Student Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1967, he became a law graduate after completing his study at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Just after completion of his law education, Mitch McConnell got listed in the the U.S. Army Reserve. He worked as a law professional at different positions in public and private sectors. In his early political career, he was known as a moderate Republican. And from 1985, he has been a US Senate and serving at different positions such as Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader. After the recent freezing incident on Wednesday, he is under his doctor’s consultation and advice.  

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