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McConnell freezes again during news conference, this time in Covington

Mitch McConnell speaking in Louisville.
J. Tyler Franklin
Mitch McConnell speaking in Louisville.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to freeze up during a news conference in Covington on Wednesday.
It’s the second time the 81-year-old Republican publicly suffered from an apparent medical episode in a little over a month.

According to a video posted to Twitter by WLWT reporter Hannah Thomas, McConnell trailed off and paused after he was asked whether he would run for reelection in 2026. A staffer then joined McConnell at the lectern and repeated the question.

In all, the six-term senator silently held on to the podium silently for about 30 seconds. McConnell then fielded two more questions. In response to a question about Daniel Cameron’s bid for governor, he said he thought it would be a “very close race,” and when asked about former President Trump’s indictment in Georgia he said he “wasn’t going to comment on the presidential race.”

This story will be updated.

Sylvia is the Capitol reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, a collaboration including Louisville Public Media, WEKU-Richmond, WKU Public Radio and WKMS-Murray. Email her at sgoodman@lpm.org.