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McConnell weighs in on debate, white supremacy

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighed in on Tuesday night's fiery and often uncontrolled presidential debate echoing Sen. Mitt Romney's comments earlier in the day, saying "it was not Lincoln-Douglas." (Sept. 30)

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MITCH MCCONNELL: Well, let me just say, with the debate, it was not Lincoln-Douglas. And second, with regard to the white supremacy issue, I want to associate myself with the remarks of Senator Tim Scott that he put out earlier today. I think he said it exactly correctly, and that's exactly how I would express myself on that issue.

- What are those remarks?

- Can you explain what Tim Scott said that you endorse?

MITCH MCCONNELL: Yeah, he said it was unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists. And so I do so in the strongest possible way.

Well, I've made it clear, and my colleagues have as well, that we would like to see another rescue package. We actually had a vote on one that included, by the way, coverage for pre-existing conditions just a few weeks ago. Every single Democrat prevented us from moving forward with that bill, presumably because they thought it didn't do enough.

So what we've seen from the Speaker is another massive measure that includes such things as health care for illegal immigrants, tax cuts for rich people in New York and California, and other things that are totally unrelated to the coronavirus. So I think it's safe to say we're far apart. I think Secretary Mnuchin and the Speaker are continuing to speak. But we're very, very far apart.