Live mic catches Senators McConnell and Paul talking strategy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - WPSD Local 6 got an inside glimpse Wednesday night to how much the government shutdown is about the messaging for congressional lawmakers.

After finishing an interview with CNN, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul ran into Senator Mitch McConnell, who was waiting for an interview of his own.

In front of a camera, with a microphone on, the two Kentucky leaders talked strategy.

Senator Paul began, "Do you have a second?"

"I'm all wired up here, um," Senator McConnell replied.

"I just did CNN and I just go over and over again 'We're willing to compromise.  'We're willing to negotiate.'  I think... I don't think they poll tested we won't negotiate.  I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again," Paul said.

"Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically," McConnell agreed.

Paul added, "I think if we keep saying 'We wanted to defund it.  We fought for that and that we're willing to compromise on this', I think they can't, we're gonna, I think... well I know we don't want to be here, but we're gonna win this I think."

Paul has said that he doesn't want a government shutdown, but that the U.S. must find ways to reduce debt.

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