McConnell did the best he could on deal, Rand Paul says

10/18/2013 10:04 AM

In the end, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell just wasn’t given much to work with in negotiations with Democrats over ending the government shutdown and extending the nation’s debt limit to avoid default, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said.

The deal has been sharply criticized by some Republicans, including McConnell’s primary opponent, Matt Bevin, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Even Paul was among 18 Republican senators who voted against the deal Wednesday night.

While Paul said Thursday in Owensboro that he opposed the bill because it didn’t do enough to address the government’s long-term spending problems, he said McConnell doesn’t deserve blame.

“I think in a difficult situation, he did a good job of trying to get the government open again,” Paul told Pure Politics after speaking to health care professionals in Owensboro.

The deal, however, only extends funding for the government until Jan. 15 — something Paul says is the fault of Senate Democrats who have resisted passing the dozen annual spending bills for different parts of government.

So does Paul believe McConnell will be back in the same position again in the days and hours leading up to Jan. 15?

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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