Is McConnell Finally Resigning?

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( – On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., revealed to reporters that he does not plan to step down before finishing his final term, which ends at the end of 2026. The 81-year-old senator noted that he was going to be finishing up both his Senate term and his term as the party’s leader, which ends in 2024.

This statement was made in response to recent concerns about his health. In the past few months, McConnell has frozen up twice in front of reporters. The first time was at the end of July, when he had frozen up during a press conference before the Senate’s 40-day recess. Last week, he froze for a second time while answering questions from reporters while in Kentucky. Both incidents have been attributed by his physicians to having been the result of the recent concussions that the senator suffered a few weeks before.

Still, there are some Republican leaders who have once again pushed for the introduction of term limits following these recent incidents. However, others in the GOP continue to be supporters of the longtime leader.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., recently told reporters that he had discussed with McConnell his health history and tests and that currently the Minority Leader had a “clean bill of health. He added that McConnell has only had such incidents occur twice, and both times they happened during a press conference. As he pointed out beyond that, the senator has been very busy in August and has managed to fundraise around $49 million.

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