A Democratic congressman from Kentucky backed down Tuesday from his threat to run against Mitch McConnell – and admitted he was just joking -- after the Senate majority leader called his bluff and agreed to his demand for five debates.
On Monday, Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., was asked by a local news reporter from WHAS-TV if he planned on running against the Republican leader in 2020. Yarmuth initially said he had “no desire” to do so, but then smiled and said: “I will say this: If Mitch McConnell would agree to debate me five times in public, I’d do it.”
Yarmuth may not have expected the response.
“Accepted. When is the announcement? - MM,” McConnell said Tuesday morning through his campaign’s Team Mitch Twitter account. The post retweeted a local news article that included Yarmuth’s suggestion.
The representative's office responded by claiming it was just a joke and he has no intention of running against McConnell. It is claimed they used the challenge to call attention to McConnell debating his eventual opponent.
Accepted. When is the announcement?— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) September 3, 2019
- MM https://t.co/RnfUtWMkfV