Shutdown has been 'embarrassment,' but McConnell paved a way out, says fmr. chief of staff

10/16/2013 07:47 PM

While the shutdown has been an “embarrassment,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell showed Kentuckians that they can count on one of their own to prevent economic catastrophe, said Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff.

Holmes, who is now senior political advisor at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and for McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign, said Republicans had a bad hand going into the shutdown and McConnell did his best to get what Republicans wanted most — a path to reducing the nation’s debt.

“The shutdown was extremely unfortunate, is extremely unfortunate. In fact its something we have been trying to get over here for the last couple weeks and it has been a real embarrassment having to go through that,” Holmes said (at 2:00).

Holmes said there is no point in looking back to see who caused the shutdown. Instead, he said he believes what the country is now looking at is a way to end of the government shutdown and a way to avoid default because of McConnell’s negotiations with Democratic Leader Harry Reid, which led to Wednesday’s deal.

“The bottom line is that Senator McConnell once again, as we have seen over the last 4 years when we get into this seemingly intractable completely impossible economic situation to try to control, has found a way out,” Holmes said (at 4:00).

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