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A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

Renee Shaw talks with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's Republican senior senator and minority leader in the U.S. Senate, about vaccine hesitancy, President Biden's proposed jobs and infrastructure plans, police reform, the teaching of systemic racism and more.
Season 16 Episode 28 Length 28:21 Premiere: 5/9/21

Kentucky's Senior Senator on the New President, the Pandemic, and His Political Future

Last November, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell easily won a seventh term in office representing Kentucky.

But the then-Senate Majority Leader found a very different political landscape in the weeks that followed as Republicans lost not only the White House but control of the Senate. Along the way, the nation also watched an insurrection against the U.S. Capitol that was fueled by conspiracy theories President Donald Trump spread about the election results.

Even though McConnell said the president “provoked” and was “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 attack, he voted against impeaching Trump.

Now as polling continues to show that a majority of Republicans believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen, McConnell wants to move on from the former president.

“I’m focusing now as the Republican leader of the Senate in unifying our conference against what I think has been demonstrated so far to be the most left-wing administration of my time in the Senate,” he says.

Concerns about Federal Spending

On the heels of passing his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, President Joe Biden has outlined plans for a massive infrastructure bill and an expansion of the family safety net, which would total about $4 trillion combined.

After voting to spend trillions in COVID relief last year, McConnell now questions the need for additional stimulus packages with the pandemic on the wane.

“Based on the pandemic, we now have a national debt the size of our economy for the first time since World War II,” says the senator. “There’s a role for government but to me there’s a dramatic difference between a 100-year pandemic and how you should react to that, and business as usual.”

The senator says the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that passed in March without a single Republican vote was “wildly expensive and unrelated to the needs of country.” He says only 10 percent of the $1.9 trillion package went to COVID-related vaccines and health care. McConnell contends such profligate federal spending is creating two problems: inflation and people staying out of the workforce so they can collect jobless benefits.

The Republican leader also criticizes the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan for spending on items not generally considered infrastructure, including school buildings and home health care.

“What we’ve got here… is what could best be described as a bait and switch called infrastructure but much bigger with a whole laundry list of other things,” he says.

Then there’s Biden’s desire to raise the corporate tax rate to pay for the infrastructure bill. McConnell says the pre-pandemic economy was “rocking” thanks to the 2017 Republican tax cuts. He says any plan to now raise those taxes will guarantee GOP opposition.

Infrastructure, Policing, Voting, and Vaccinations

McConnell says he expects Democrats to try to pass the infrastructure bill through the 50-50- split Senate. While the Senate Democratic conference remained united in support of the ARPA, McConnell says that bond may not hold for the infrastructure package and other bills.

“I think they’ll find the sledding going forward more challenging,” he says. “I hope the result of that will be that they’ll decide to operate in the center where we’re prepared to do business.”

If the infrastructure plan fails, McConnell says Republicans are open to discussing a compromise. Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has proposed a plan that focuses on traditional transportation infrastructure totaling $570 billion. McConnell says that would be funded through gas taxes and user fees such as tolls.

As for other issues, the Republican leader says he hopes lawmakers can reach an agreement on a police reform bill. He says Sen. Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, is working with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic California Congresswoman Karen Bass to find a compromise on qualified immunity for police officers. McConnell says that without that protection it will become increasingly difficult to attract new recruits to law enforcement.

“So that is the last really challenging issue,” he says. “How do you improve policing and still have police?”

While he’s optimistic on police reforms, McConnell says he opposes the voting and elections reform legislation proposed by Democrats. The Senator calls the For the People Act a “horrible bill” that he says he will do everything he can to block.

“It’s a vast federal takeover of all American elections,” says McConnell. “They want to take public money and spend it on political campaigns… for people you don’t support.”

There is one area where McConnell agrees with President Biden: The need for all Americans to get a COVID vaccination.

But 40 percent of Republicans say they don’t plan to get vaccinated, according to recent polling. And it’s not just men. McConnell some women are also hesitant to take the vaccine because of social media rumors that say it could interfere with fertility.

While people continue to debate the need to wear face masks at this stage of the pandemic, McConnell says there is no doubt that the COVID vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary.

“I think we’re in a really complicated phase on the mask part,” he says. “What is not complicated is we need to get shots in arms. Every American who’s eligible needs to do that.”

Slavery and American History

The Republican drew criticism for his recent comment that 1619, the year the first enslaved people arrived in America, is not an important date in the nation’s history. McConnell joined other Republican senators in signing a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona protesting a proposed Biden Administration rule that public schools address systemic racism in their curricula. They contend such teaching would be “divisive.”

“I think we all have a pretty good agreement about the nature of our original sin and the steps we’ve taken to try to get past it,” he says, “all of which is an important part of any objective analysis of the history of the country.”

Instead of highlighting the year 1619, McConnell suggests history studies focus on 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 1787, when the U.S Constitution was signed, the Civil War years of 1861-1865, and 1964 and 1965, when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act respectively.

“I think a better job is to stick to the traditional view of the development of this country and how we’ve tried to improve and improve and improve our relationships with regard to race over the years,” he says.

Looking to 2022 and Beyond

Now 79 years old, the senator has faced questions about his future in Washington. Speculation increased after McConnell worked with state Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) on a bill to change how Kentucky governors fill a vacancy in a U.S. Senate seat.

Under the bill passed earlier this year by the Republican-dominated state legislature, governors can no longer select any person to fill a seat left open by the death or resignation of a senator. Now governors must select a temporary replacement from a list of three people provided by the executive committee of the political party of the departing senator.

McConnell acknowledges that Republicans took advantage of their supermajorities in the state House of Representatives and Senate to craft and pass the bill. Democrats decried the measure as another effort by state Republicans to strip power from Gov. Andy Beshear. The Democrat vetoed the bill, but lawmakers overrode his veto.

“This came about because I’d been watching over the years how vacancies were filled and thought this was a better way to do it,” McConnell says. “I understand why the governor didn’t like it. I wouldn’t either if I had been in his shoes.”

Even with the new legislation in place, McConnell says he has no plans to step down from Senate leadership or the seat he has held since 1985.

“I’m still in the height of my career,” he says. “I’m at the top of my game, I enjoy the confidence of my colleagues.”

Despite the debate roiling Republicans about former President Donald Trump and his role in the future of the GOP, McConnell says he is focused on the 2022 midterm contests and restoring GOP majorities in Congress.

“I think the ’22 election is not going to be about what Republicans may be saying about each other, but rather how the American people feel about the performance of the new administration,” says McConnell.

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Fatherhood; Financial Literacy - S17 E37

  • Saturday June 25, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 25, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Sam Quinones - S13 E1

  • Friday June 17, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 17, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 17, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 17, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 17, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 17, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Carol Peachee - S12 E46

  • Thursday June 16, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 16, 2022 2:09 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 16, 2022 1:09 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown - S12 E45

  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 15, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 14, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

  • Monday June 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Delanor Manson - Kentucky Nurses Association - S17 E36

  • Sunday June 19, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday June 18, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 18, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

  • Friday June 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 10, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 10, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

  • Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 8, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 7, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

David Thompson - S12 E11

  • Monday June 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 6, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 6, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

School Safety in Kentucky - S17 E35

  • Sunday June 12, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 12, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday June 11, 2022 4:28 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 11, 2022 3:28 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 4:28 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 3:28 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 11:58 am ET on KET
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 10:58 am CT on KET

Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

  • Friday June 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 3, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

  • Thursday June 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 2:02 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 1:02 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 1, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 31, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

  • Monday May 30, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 30, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gun Control Advocate Whitney Austin - S17 E34

  • Sunday June 5, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday June 4, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 4, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Ben Chandler - Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky - S17 E33

  • Sunday May 29, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 28, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 28, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET

Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

  • Friday May 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

  • Thursday May 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Terrence Walton - S11 E38

  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
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Season 16 Episodes

Filmmaker Elizabeth Helm-Frazier

S16 E37 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 8/1/21

Early Childhood Development Initiatives in Louisville

S16 E36 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7/25/21

Kathy Werking and Jim Embry

S16 E35 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7/17/21

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack

S16 E34 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 7/11/21

Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

S16 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6/26/21

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 6/20/21

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6/13/21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6/6/21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5/16/21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5/9/21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5/1/21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4/24/21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4/18/21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4/11/21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4/3/21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3/28/21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3/21/21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3/14/21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2/14/21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2/7/21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1/31/21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1/24/21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1/17/21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1/10/21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12/20/20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12/13/20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/22/20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11/15/20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11/8/20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/1/20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10/25/20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10/18/20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10/11/20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10/4/20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9/27/20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9/20/20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9/11/20

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