At a media event in Covington, Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from the Republican Party took an unusually long time to respond when a reporter posed a question.
When asked about his 2026 re-election intentions, McConnell seemed momentarily taken aback, responding with, “Plans for what?”
Seeking clarity, the journalist asked, “Your re-election campaign in 2026?”
McConnell paused for about 10 seconds before an assistant approached him, inquiring, “Senator, did you understand the 2026 re-election question?” Another assistant stepped in, and McConnell remarked, “I’m fine.” This second aide then turned to the reporters, inviting more questions. After this, McConnell continued addressing the press.
A spokesperson for McConnell later said, “Leader McConnell had a short dizzy spell during the press meeting.”
However, another member of his team mentioned, “For safety reasons, the Leader will consult medical professionals before his next public events.”
Interestingly, this recalls an incident a month ago in Washington, D.C., where McConnell paused similarly during a media session with Republican colleagues. At that time, an aide told Fox News Digital that he “required a brief respite due to dizziness.”
Given these events, some might wonder if it’s time for him to consider stepping down.