While McConnell reiterated that Republicans in the Senate will not agree to a clean debt increase, he also said that the U.S. never defaults on its debt.
"We're never going to default," he said. "We've never done that."
When asked what policy points Republicans might try to tie to a debt limit hike, McConnell mentioned approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, an idea already floated by other Republicans. He also said it was possible that the GOP could try to repeal the "risk corridors" provision in the health care law.