Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) on Sunday mentioned Mitch McConnell is “perfectly capable” of staying on as Senate minority chief after experiencing a second frozen episode final week.
Rounds mentioned it might be as much as McConnell to resolve how he desires to deal with the 2 public incidents along with his convention in addition to the American folks.
“But there’s no doubt in my mind that he is perfectly capable of continuing on at this stage of the game,” Rounds advised CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And he’s got a good team around him. He’s done a good job of developing that leadership team.”
Rounds added that McConnell defined that the episodes had been a results of the concussion he suffered earlier this 12 months when the 2 spoke on Saturday afternoon.
“They warned me that I would be lightheaded in the future and that I have got to be aware of it,” Rounds recalled McConnell telling him. “He said: ‘It happened twice.’”
McConnell froze mid-sentence and appeared unable to restart throughout a press convention on Capitol Hill in July. He was escorted away by employees however returned to the rostrum a couple of minutes later.
Final week, McConnell skilled an analogous episode earlier than reporters in Kentucky when he appeared unable to answer a query about operating for reelection in 2026.
The U.S. Capitol attending doctor cleared McConnell to return to work, writing that “occasional lightheadedness is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration.”
McConnell has reportedly since spoken to his allies within the Senate in an effort to reassure them.
Whereas most Republicans have stood by him, the editors of the conservative journal Nationwide Overview known as for him to step down.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley mentioned that whereas McConnell has made vital contributions to the GOP, “you have to know when to leave.”
McConnell, 81, in March suffered a concussion and a minor rib fracture after falling at an occasion in Washington. He returned to the Senate after about six weeks. He additionally reportedly skilled two further falls, the primary in Helsinki and one other at a Washington airport.