TODAY   |  October 04, 2013

Hot mic catches senators talking GOP strategy

A live microphone picked up the conversation between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul after a CNN news hit on Wednesday. The two were candidly discussing shutdown strategy and how the Republicans have a chance to “win this.”

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>>> the blame game in washington they were caught on an open mic talking about how to win the spin war with democrats.

>> i don't think they poll tested we won't negotiate. it's awful for them to say that over and over again.

>> i do too.

>> i think if we keep saying we want it defunded we're going to win this thing.

>> how do they not know.

>> he's like i'm on the mic right now.

>> one was and one wasn't.

>> he warned them.

>> maybe they wanted that to get out.

>> i don't talk to anybody in the morning. i know i have a microphone on.

>> famous last words carson.

>> and doing this doesn't really --

>> it doesn't?

>> no, sounds like you speak from experience.

>> well, this is hardly the first politician to be caught on an open mic . we thought we'd put together some of our favorites.

>> this is a big deal .

>> this is my last election.