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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront

Erin Burnett OutFront

10:47 min | 9 months ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront

"To agree on it beforehand. Would you go along with that. In any scenario chester a log. I think the best thing to do would be to provide some certainty to determine who's going to be there so that the the jurors can prepare for that testimony as it moves forward because I think there is some preparation that the jurors need to do. In this case the people who serve in the United States Senate I can tell you that Mr Senator Mcconnell a few days ago said he was taking his cues from the president and the president told hold the house. They weren't going to get any information whether it was folks to testify or or information that they requested Look I wanNA give him a fair trial in the US US Senate in order to give anybody a fair trial you have to have the evidence put on the table. It should be done the very transparent way they should agree. Who's going to testify right now because it's some fairly limited number of folks anyway and move forward with the trial that isn't Isn't something that the American people wouldn't be proud of and that our forefathers wouldn't be proud of you know this isn't about Democrats Democrats versus Republican this about three co equal branches of government. This is about the American people and how we move forward with our democracy. So obviously if if McConnell wins this round for lack of a better word I mean if he gets no witnesses until the trial starts Then then there could be a vote. We've you've identified seven Republicans who could be possible swing votes because you would need all the Democrats and you of course would need Republicans as well a four Republicans in fact Senator Tester To vote vote for witnesses. And you test correct. I don't know that I can predict who's going to do what I do think that they're potentially some folks who maybe maybe surprises on the Republican side of the aisle. That may say hey enough is enough. We need to get to the bottom of this Because Chris Quite frankly our democracy is is depending on on it. The forefathers set up impeachment is a very serious situation to protect our democracy to protect against monarchy. We need to get the evidence to make sure that didn't happen. You you know senator. I know you're talking about wanting to have a fair trial and all the evidence in front of you but President Trump makes much of this personal himself right when it comes to view right. He he went after you fiercely in the midterms on twitter. He called you quote very dishonest and sick exclamation point. And here's a little bit about what he said about you. And a couple of his rallies tester doesn't share your values Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens just to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp. Is this personal for you in any way now. I'm a little more professional national in that and I can tell you that Montana's saw through all that Bologna and I'll be generous But this isn't personal. This is about making sure that we don't have if somebody that abuses a pro the office of the presidency. The president's going to be the president I like I wished he was a little more professional. I wish she'd understand what's going on out there as far as take the most powerful man in the world and how important that is as far as setting an example but nonetheless. That's not what this is about this about making sure we didn't have a presence at overstep. The powers of the office. I sat test. I appreciate your time. Thank you very much tonight. Sir You betcha thank you all right. The Washington Post is reporting. Tim We have just style. We have just gotten this at some former White House. Officials believe President Trump's view that Ukraine interfere in the two thousand sixteen election which zone administration knows in his public set is false came directly from from quote a meeting with Putin a meeting with Putin and the article goes on. Here's a crucial line. Tem One former senior White House. Officials said trump even stated explicitly so at one point saying he knew Ukraine was the real because quote Putin told me. Yeah that was a meeting in July of two thousand seventeen for which there is no official memorandum. Adam was a private meeting. There were no White House aides there but apparently after the meeting the president was pushing ideas about the Ukraine having tried to over and undermine him if Putin did that it explains a lot about the president's commitment at the moment to this ridiculous hoax about Ukraine. It fits the pattern of the president preferring to believe Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community. It's very troubling. But explains why he is the first president in history to be impeached for trying to improve all the power. Is this theory. The only person who's been pushing it is Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence services okay and president trump who refused to blame Putin directly and aggressively for for the interfering listens to Putin well quote to Democratic members of the House. Nancy Pelosi said all roads lead to Putin all roads lead to Russia and Jerry nabbed. Her on the floor floor of the House history said that I cannot believe members of Congress are using Russian talking points well. Hundreds of Republicans have been using Russian talking points if this is true. This is a really a stunning development. Tonight all right next we are just moments away from the crucial democratic debate and the new politics our shows voters still have not made up their minds and we are what forty six days away from Iowa. We're going to go back to Los Angeles. Where Chris Cuomo is tonight? knew him like everybody in Palm Beach. No no one knows how he made the opening on buttoning my short and pulling my body on already naked body for sixteen years. I've reported on Jeffrey Epstein. The man the multi-millionaire the monster. Now go behind the story with me. The keyboard I of CNN's new podcast the Jeffrey Epstein. I knew subscribe now wherever you get. You'll put costs Hi Everyone I'm poppy harlow were out with a new boss files episode. She ran for president was the first first woman to run a fortune. Fifty Company and a cancer survivor. Who says she is not afraid of anything anymore Carly Fiorina? She's out with a new book. Find Find your way unleash your power. and highest potential she was CEO of Hewlett Packard during the dotcom boom and bus before being fired in what she calls a boardroom brawl. She's face discrimination survived breast cancer and lived through the unimaginable loss of child. She calls herself a problem. Boom Sulfur and says that's why she ran for president after running against then candidate trump in two thousand sixteen to Sheikh. Think he should be impeached. announed and I asked her here at all. Boss files subscribed today and welcome back to a special edition of out front. We are just moments away from the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles a debate that you can see right here on. CNN CNN at the top of the hour and it comes at a really important time a new CNN poll showing fifty one percent of democratic. Voters say they could still change their mind on who to support Which Chris Cuomo is in? Los Angeles is a pretty stunning thing and makes tonight so crucial crisis forty six days away from Iowa and a lot of people don't don't know who voted for look you make the right points Erin. Of course days now are like weeks. Used to be so much happens so fast asked cycles through what sticks. What doesn't you know that fifty one percent number and analysis is what they call the depth number? What is the depth of support? You got half the party saying we're open to looking at somebody else that means it's a pretty open all right so let's talk to the people who actually know what they're talking about everything I just said I got from somebody else who's sitting next automate anyway So Gloria as. We're looking up on the stage so Tom Perez the head of the DNC is there now he is more fiery passion. We know. That's the job before the debate. The guy comes up the comedian before late night. But he's all fire and brimstone trump. He is all rejection of the America. That this the president is projecting. We don't hear much of that on the stage. Well they're trying to differentiate from each other they all are united having to defeat Donald trump trump. I think what the viewers are looking for an all our polls are saying is what Democrats are looking for is somebody who can beat Donald Trump. And that's one of the things that somebody really liked pete. Buddha judge or Elizabeth Warren has to talk about is there electability their ability to beat somebody like the president of the but it. I'm not sure that you win that case by talking about your electability you have to demonstrate pass and part of it is I think by addressing things that are important the people want with the you know we impeachment. Got All the news yesterday. This court ruling on the affordable care act and the and the potential of the repeal of unconstitutional by. It gives a chance of repeal. This is what helped defeat Republicans all over the country in two thousand eight eighteen. And I have to believe you're going to hear a a lot about healthcare tonight. It's the number one issue and I hope we're Democrats but I hope we hear about a differently than we usually do. We have taken the number one weapon against the public health care and fired ourselves for six months in terms of saying you know Medicare for all versus versus that I think ordinary people are very very concerned that You know we could be in the situation. Under the continuing administration where healthcare it gets worse and worse and worse. I don't think most people really know the difference between Medicare for all public option. They just want assurance assurance that our values will have to fight for them and we get so far in the weeds. I'm talking these debates. I think we forget that I hear what you're saying but isn't this this question about healthcare healthcare just emblematic of the question of where the party is and what kind of candidate and yes. Everybody says they want the candidate. Who's going to beat Donald Trump? But nobody really knows what that means. They can make guesses educated guesses that if you ask for incre if you vote for a nominee Amani who wants incremental change to make obamacare better and not you know somebody who says what government to take over an and somebody who the president can say oh. They're for socialized medicine but if it does go to where the party is and what they really want to that point point. Here's Peres. He just got a round of applause by talking about the list of things that they would change do differently if they got it raises. The question is the party in the place they were each. And all of you are suggesting eventually needs to be which is one sole criterion this man or this woman or some combination. We'll beat this president because that's not the talk on the stage. The talk is my plans better than your plan. Eleven -Tarian.

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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:37 min | 1 year ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"Margaret, you're on the air. No, thank you for taking my call. And I would agree with the previous caller. And what I would like to see happen is we do have bipartisan like Ireland. We have bipartisan support for the bills that have been put through. And so I think the people holding this up right now are Senator McConnell and president. So I would like to see Senate twit through the bills that were given to them send them off to the White House. Not create a new Bill that's going to create new anx. Let's send the thing that everybody agreed on before to the White House. It's Mr. Trump chooses not to sign them. I send it could override this. I will tell you that in Kentucky. Although it's not making it on the news. Many of Mr. Senator McConnell people are already trying to get hold them to say open the government needs to hero in this. So I would like to see the original the budget. It was green upon by all of them. The only persons owning up then is. Mr. Trump for a while he promised we wouldn't pay for we can't afford that while and most people don't want right for taking a Margaret. Thank you for your call. Well, I would like to see that. But the reality is it's not going to happen. Senator McConnell is not going to present that same Bill again. The Republican senators are not going to do that present that same Bill again. A large part of the reason why he's going to offer. This other Bill is to ineffective move away from her shake off the legacy of the Bill that they passed two weeks ago. So while I agree. It's a desirable outcome. I think it's very unlikely outcome, and you have to deal with your allies at the building going to present will represent the president's offer. Plus what ever sweeteners they can put in whatever issues they could put in to try to attract enough democratic senators to enacted. I don't think they'll succeed in that. Although it'll be. An uncomfortable vote for many Democrats Senator Mitchell, and I'm still thinking, but we what you said in the beginning of our conversation. The a step towards a successful negotiation is to broaden the issues away from you know, the single win-loss issue of the wall. Right. Enter to talk more holistically about immigration. But you know, as you noted we we saw that we went through a couple of processes a couple of negotiations last year that didn't do the did do exactly that. But those ultimately were undermined by the very hard line on legal immigration, for example, that some of the president's advisors are really pushing. So haven't we also all ready encountered, you know, the pitfalls of of widening the key the terms of negotiation too, far one of the cardinal principles negotiating difficult issues as you do don't take the I know as the last answer is a seventh. No or the seven. Eighteenth. No in Northern Ireland. I'm fond of saying we had seven hundred days of failure. And one day of success over period of years almost every day. I was asked by one or more reporters when are you leaving you have failed to get an agreement? And when are you going back to the states, and they were right up until that moment, we had failed to get an agreement, and we didn't get it until the very last the seven hundred day, persistence. Patience determination is absolutely essential in these circumstances. And you're absolutely right. We didn't that efforts were made they failed. What we have to do is learn from those failures and try again, Senator Mitchell, I have to say what you just said is the most hopeful and uplifting thing I've heard about this down in in many many weeks to remind us the seven hundred knows are just what procedures the one key. Yes. Incredible. Let's just get one. More call in here. Sean is calling from Decatur Illinois. Sean, you're on the air. Hi. How's it going today? Very well sort of by guess relatively well, but Shaun what's your thought quickly? What what my question was is if President Trump decides to use the government emergency assistance to as, you know, call it as a crisis in order to enforce the his proposal of the wall. The why would he owed the American people hostage? I'm just a small town state worker, and I'm losing my benefits because of Sean thank you for your call..

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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:34 min | 1 year ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"Middle East, but you have to accept the reality that not every bit of governing must occur in public for everyone to see and it's important that the leaders preserve the right and act on it to do some discussion in complete privacy and secrecy if nothing else to lay the foundation for an ultimate agreement. Well, let's go to Margaret who's calling from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Margaret, you're on the air. Thank you for taking my call. And I would agree with the previous caller. And what I would like to see happen is we do have bipartisan them like I owned. We have bipartisan support for the bills that have been put through. And so I think the people holding this up right now are Senator McConnell and president. So I would like to see Senate twit through the bills that were given to them send them off to the White House. Not creating new Bill that's going to create new inks. Let's send the thing that everybody agreed on before to the White House is Mr. Trump chooses not to sign them. I send it could override this. I will tell you that in Kentucky, though, it's not making it on the news. Many of Mr. Senator McConnell people are already trying to get hold them to say open the negative to hero in this. So could Senate I would like to see the original the budget. It was green upon by all of them. The only person holding up then is. Mr. Trump for a while he promised we wouldn't pay for we can't afford that while and most people don't want right for taking a Margaret. Thank you for your call. Well, I would like to see that. But the reality is it's not going to happen. Senator McConnell is not going to present that same Bill again. The Republican senators are not going to do that present that same Bill again. A large part of the reason why he's going to offer. This other Bill is to ineffective move away from her shake off the legacy of the Bill that they passed two weeks ago. So while I agree. It's a desirable outcome. I think it's very unlikely outcome, and you have to deal with your allies that the building going to present will represent the president's offer. Plus what ever sweeteners they can put in whatever issues they could put in to try to attract enough democratic senators to enacted. I don't think they'll succeed in that. Although it will be. An uncomfortable vote for many Democrats Senator Mitchell, I'm still thinking, but we you said in the beginning of our conversation that a step towards a successful negotiation is to broaden the issues away from you know, the single win-loss issue of the wall, right and to to talk more holistically about immigration. But you know, as you noted we we saw that we went through a a couple of processes he's a couple of negotiations last year that didn't do the did do exactly that. But those ultimately were undermined by the very hard line on legal immigration, for example, that some of the president's advisors are really pushing. So haven't we also already encountered, you know? The pitfalls of of widening the key the terms of negotiation too, far one of the cardinal principles of negotiating difficult issues, as you do don't take the I know as the last answer or the seventh know what the seventeenth no in Northern Ireland. I'm fond of saying we had seven hundred days of failure. And one day of success over period of years almost every day. I was asked by one or more reporters when are you leaving you have failed to get an agreement, and when are you going back to the United States, and they were right up until that moment, we had failed to get an agreement, and we didn't get it until the very last the seven hundred day, persistence. Patience determination is absolutely essential in these circumstances. And you're absolutely right. We didn't that efforts were made they failed. What we have to do is learn from those failures and try. Again, Senator Mitchell, I have to say what you just said is the most hopeful and uplifting thing I've heard about this down in in many many weeks to remind us that seven hundred noser just what procedures the one key. Yes. Incredible. Let's get one more call in here. Sean is calling from Decatur Illinois. Sean, you're on the air. Hi. How's it going today?.

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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:01 min | 1 year ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"How often do people lie on dating apps in a robots taking over our jobs? I'm Cardiff Garcia co host a planet. Money's the indicator. Where everyday we tell you a short story about the economy get it on NPR one or wherever you get your podcasts. This is on point Meghna Chakrabarti. We're talking about the direct effects that the government shutdown is having on eight hundred thousand federal employees, many of them contract workers who may never receive the backpay that they're missing out on now, even when the government reopens and also on the millions more Americans who rely on the services that those federal agencies provide to them. Lisa Desjardins joins us. She's a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour where she covers congress and Lisa we've actually got a really interesting question. That's come in on through Facebook to us. Amy Mollison Austin is asking can the president really keep the government shutdown for years. I can't even see Mitch McConnell standing for that. So I'm curiously. So what do you think about that? Because first of all Senator McConnell has said that he's not going to bring any continuing resolution to the floor of the Senate that doesn't that the president won't support. But he's also been very quiet over the past several days. Where's he going? Well, that's a fascinating question. Think I this quick Jamie's question can he keep government shutdown? He can keep government shutdown as long as he has more than a third of the votes in each chamber because you know, if it gets to a point where the president is digging in and he has lost especially Republicans in the Senate, which by the way, they're already very unhappy with the president when they speak to you privately. Do they can override the president? They can pass a funding Bill with two thirds votes in each chamber. So I think I think it politically it seems unlikely that it could go years because I think the president would be overridden if he digs in that deeply, but I think speaking, Mr. Senator McConnell, you know, at that news conference, one of the first things all of us standing there noticed on Friday was we were looking in the Oval Office to see who was coming. We saw Kevin McCarthy the new Republican leader in the house. We saw Steve Scalise. His deputy. We saw Mick Mulvaney. The acting chief of staff, and we did not see Mitch McConnell. The Republican leader of the Senate. I reached out to Senator McConnell's office. Now, there is no more on message Republican than Mitch McConnell. He rarely talks to reporters he has never off message. He has very disciplined, and I to my surprise received a response from them that was very direct and addressed my question directly saying why wasn't Mr. McConnell there. They said he had not been told about the availability, the preservation ability, and if he had been asked by the president to attend he would have to me to Capitol Hill reporter that was sort of earth shake that Mitch McConnell office would come out publicly and make it clear the president had not invited him. So the president is surrounding him by himself with conservatives and not by pragmatists, like Mitch McConnell at the moment, but is McConnell pragmatist on this. Because again, I just I just keep a keep rehearing him say he's not going to put anything on the floor of the Senate to vote that the president won't approve with that is also pragmatic really right now because he's already made his senators vote for. Something that the president turned his back on. So he he knows the president is unpredictable. And so he's waiting for the president to really stake out a position that is viable which has not happened yet. Okay. Pragmatism perhaps in the most cynical politically. I I've gotten that bad. I guess it has. But yes, yeah. But I do think when it comes to fiscal crises Mitch McConnell is someone who has repeatedly tried to steer the ship through rocky shores and tried to avoid. He does not like these crises is not like a debt ceiling crisis or a shutdown. He is someone who wants to avoid it and wanted to end quickly. He knows there are repercussions especially for his side in this shutdown. Okay. It's forgive me. Forgive me for tussling with you on this. Lisa. I don't quite get it here..

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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:01 min | 1 year ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"How often do people lie on dating apps in a robots taking over our jobs? I'm Cardiff Garcia co host a planet. Money's the indicator. Where everyday we tell you a short story about the economy get it on NPR one or wherever you get your podcasts. This is on point Meghna Chakrabarti. We're talking about the direct effects that the government shutdown is having on eight hundred thousand federal employees, many of them contract workers who may never receive the backpay that they're missing out on now, even when the government reopens and also on the millions more Americans who rely on the services that those federal agencies provide to them. Lisa Desjardins joins us. She's a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour where she covers congress and Lisa we've actually got a really interesting question. That's come in on through Facebook to us. Amy Mollison Austin is asking can the president really keep the government shutdown for years. I can't even see Mitch McConnell standing for that. So I'm curiously. So what do you think about that? Because first of all Senator McConnell has said that he's not going to bring any continuing resolution to the floor of the Senate that doesn't that the president won't support. But he's also been very quiet over the past several days. Where's he going? Well, that's a fascinating question. Think I this quick Jamie's question can he keep government shutdown? He can keep government shutdown as long as he has more than a third of the votes in each chamber because you know, if it gets to a point where the president is digging in and he has lost especially Republicans in the Senate, which by the way, they're already very unhappy with the president when they speak to you privately. Do they can override the president? They can pass a funding Bill with two thirds votes in each chamber. So I think I think it politically it seems unlikely that it could go years because I think the president would be overridden if he digs in that deeply, but I think speaking, Mr. Senator McConnell, you know, at that news conference, one of the first things all of us standing there noticed on Friday was we were looking in the Oval Office to see who was coming. We saw Kevin McCarthy the new Republican leader in the house. We saw Steve Scalise. His deputy. We saw Mick Mulvaney. The acting chief of staff, and we did not see Mitch McConnell. The Republican leader of the Senate. I reached out to Senator McConnell's office. Now, there is no more on message Republican than Mitch McConnell. He rarely talks to reporters he has never off message. He has very disciplined, and I to my surprise received a response from them that was very direct and addressed my question directly saying why wasn't Mr. McConnell there. They said he had not been told about the availability, the preservation ability, and if he had been asked by the president to attend he would have to me to Capitol Hill reporter that was sort of earth shake that Mitch McConnell office would come out publicly and make it clear the president had not invited him. So the president is surrounding him by himself with conservatives and not by pragmatists, like Mitch McConnell at the moment, but is McConnell pragmatist on this. Because again, I just I just keep a keep rehearing him say he's not going to put anything on the floor of the Senate to vote that the president won't approve with that is also pragmatic really right now because he's already made his senators vote for. Something that the president turned his back on. So he he knows the president is unpredictable. And so he's waiting for the president to really stake out a position that is viable which has not happened yet. Okay. Pragmatism perhaps in the most cynical politically. I I've gotten that bad. I guess it has. But yes, yeah. But I do think when it comes to fiscal crises Mitch McConnell is someone who has repeatedly tried to steer the ship through rocky shores and tried to avoid. He does not like these crises is not like a debt ceiling crisis or a shutdown. He is someone who wants to avoid it and wanted to end quickly. He knows there are repercussions especially for his side in this shutdown. Okay. It's forgive me. Forgive me for tussling with you on this. Lisa. I don't quite get it here..

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"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:01 min | 1 year ago

"mr. senator mcconnell" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"How often do people lie on dating apps in a robots taking over our jobs? I'm Cardiff Garcia co host a planet. Money's the indicator. Where everyday we tell you a short story about the economy get it on NPR one or wherever you get your podcasts. This is on point Meghna Chakrabarti. We're talking about the direct effects that the government shutdown is having on eight hundred thousand federal employees, many of them contract workers who may never receive the backpay that they're missing out on now, even when the government reopens and also on the millions more Americans who rely on the services that those federal agencies provide to them. Lisa Desjardins joins us. She's a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour where she covers congress and Lisa we've actually got a really interesting question. That's come in on through Facebook to us. Amy Mollison Austin is asking can the president really keep the government shutdown for years. I can't even see Mitch McConnell standing for that. So I'm curiously. So what do you think about that? Because first of all Senator McConnell has said that he's not going to bring any continuing resolution to the floor of the Senate that doesn't that the president won't support. But he's also been very quiet over the past several days. Where's he going? Well, that's a fascinating question. Think I this quick Jamie's question can he keep government shutdown? He can keep government shutdown as long as he has more than a third of the votes in each chamber because you know, if it gets to a point where the president is digging in and he has lost especially Republicans in the Senate, which by the way, they're already very unhappy with the president when they speak to you privately. Do they can override the president? They can pass a funding Bill with two thirds votes in each chamber. So I think I think it politically it seems unlikely that it could go years because I think the president would be overridden if he digs in that deeply, but I think speaking, Mr. Senator McConnell, you know, at that news conference, one of the first things all of us standing there noticed on Friday was we were looking in the Oval Office to see who was coming. We saw Kevin McCarthy the new Republican leader in the house. We saw Steve Scalise. His deputy. We saw Mick Mulvaney. The acting chief of staff, and we did not see Mitch McConnell. The Republican leader of the Senate. I reached out to Senator McConnell's office. Now, there is no more on message Republican than Mitch McConnell. He rarely talks to reporters he has never off message. He has very disciplined, and I to my surprise received a response from them that was very direct and addressed my question directly saying why wasn't Mr. McConnell there. They said he had not been told about the availability, the preservation ability, and if he had been asked by the president to attend he would have to me to Capitol Hill reporter that was sort of earth shake that Mitch McConnell office would come out publicly and make it clear the president had not invited him. So the president is surrounding him by himself with conservatives and not by pragmatists, like Mitch McConnell at the moment, but is McConnell pragmatist on this. Because again, I just I just keep a keep rehearing him say he's not going to put anything on the floor of the Senate to vote that the president won't approve with that is also pragmatic really right now because he's already made his senators vote for. Something that the president turned his back on. So he he knows the president is unpredictable. And so he's waiting for the president to really stake out a position that is viable which has not happened yet. Okay. Pragmatism perhaps in the most cynical politically. I I've gotten that bad. I guess it has. But yes, yeah. But I do think when it comes to fiscal crises Mitch McConnell is someone who has repeatedly tried to steer the ship through rocky shores and tried to avoid. He does not like these crises is not like a debt ceiling crisis or a shutdown. He is someone who wants to avoid it and wanted to end quickly. He knows there are repercussions especially for his side in this shutdown. Okay. It's forgive me. Forgive me for tussling with you on this. Lisa. I don't quite get it here..

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