McConnell Concedes Trump ‘Doesn’t Know A Lot About The Issues’

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June 10, 2016 9:31 a.m.

In a remarkably candid admission, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) openly acknowledged that his party’s presidential nominee “doesn’t know a lot about the issues.”

In an interview with Bloomberg’s Masters of Politics podcast, McConnell said he hoped Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would select a vice presidential candidate with a lot of experience to make up for his lack of policy expertise.

“He needs someone highly experienced and very knowledgeable because it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues,” McConnell told Bloomberg. “You see that in the debates in which he’s participated. It’s why I have argued to him publicly and privately that he ought to use a script more often—there is nothing wrong with having prepared texts.”

McConnell went on to recall a moment when he recently saw Trump at the National Rifle Association conference. According to Bloomberg, McConnell asked Trump if he had a script. Trump confirmed he did, but dismissed it as boring. McConnell quipped, “Put me down in favor of boring.”

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