McConnell said Wednesday that he condemns white supremacists in the "strongest possible way."
McConnell had been asked about President Donald Trump's deflection of an opportunity to condemn white supremacists during Tuesday’s presidential debate.
"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," McConnell, a Republican, told reporters, adding: "He said it was unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists. And so I do so in the strongest possible way."
Senator Romney called the debate "an embarrassment" and Senator Collins said it was the "least educational debate of any presidential debate" that she's ever seen.
The 90-minute debate on Tuesday night was chaotic, marred by the Republican president's constant interjections and interruptions of both his Democratic rival and the host, as well as Joe Biden's angry rejoinders.
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. He said it was unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists. And so I do so in the strongest possible way.
- Senator, do you think that Mr. Trump was presidential last night in the debate?
MITT ROMNEY: I thought it was a embarrassment last night, the debate?
- On both sides?
- Looked like a brawl to me?
- Did Mr. Trump after the presidential manner?
- I thought-- I thought it should be more policy-oriented rather than personality. I don't think that serves the public interest.
- Should the president have more forcefully denounced white supremacists?
SUSAN COLLINS: It was the least-educational debate of any presidential debate I've ever seen.
- And who do you think was responsible for that?
SUSAN COLLINS: I think there was fault on both sides--
SUSAN COLLINS: I think that the interrupting on both sides, the name calling, was very unbecoming for a presidential debate.
- What about white supremacy? Should the president condemn white supremacy?
SUSAN COLLINS: Absolutely.
- Was it a mistake for him to leave that hanging out there?
SUSAN COLLINS: Yes.