Politics & Government

McConnell: If Rand Paul runs for president, 'he'll be able to count on me'

There were only two things Mitch McConnell didn't want to talk about Thursday — whether he will run for re-election in 2020 and his eventual legacy.

In his first one-on-one interview since his landslide re-election to a sixth term and his expected ascendance to U.S. Senate majority leader, McConnell talked at length with the Herald-Leader about how he wants to use his new role to help Kentucky, a possible run for president by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the conventional wisdom that McConnell is unpopular.

McConnell, relaxed and in a great mood in his Louisville home, wouldn't say whether he will try for a seventh term in 2020, and he cut short any discussion of what his legacy might be.

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