Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell work out their shutdown messaging strategy over a hot mic:
"I'm all wired up here," McConnell replies. Paul continues anyway.
"I just did CNN, and I just go over and over again, 'We're willing to compromise; we're willing to negotiate,'" he says in the video. "I don't think they poll-tested 'We won't negotiate.' I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again."
McConnell responds: "Yeah, I do too, and I just came back from the two-hour meeting with them, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly."
"I think if we keep saying, 'We wanted to defund it. We fought for that, but now we're willing to compromise on this,' I think they can't – we're going to win," Paul says. "I know we don't want to be here, but we're going to win this, I think."
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