Published On: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2020

Mitch McConnell Struggles To Hold Back Tears As He Pays Tribute To Sen. Lamar Alexander

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks with reporters following the weekly Republican Senate conference meeting in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol.

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled to hold back tears as he paid tribute to outgoing Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, his longtime friend and colleague.

According to a video clip Politico posted to Twitter, which can be viewed below, McConnell said that he leaned on Alexander’s “wisdom for many years” as well as “on his optimism, his can-do spirit, his ability to look on the bright side and then discern how some more hard work could make it brighter still.”

Choking up several times, McConnell repeatedly paused the emotional speech to recompose himself and said that he will miss the “regular dinners” he shared with his colleague of five decades.

On the verge of tears, McConnell recalled how “reassuring” it was “to be weighing a thorny question and see Lamar Alexander sitting across the table.”

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Mitch McConnell Struggles To Hold Back Tears As He Pays Tribute To Sen. Lamar Alexander