One on one with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Trump, gun control and sports

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is giving a chapter-by-chapter glimpse into his life, which the political veteran said is just like anyone else’s.

“What I tried to do was to talk about things that I think a lot of people could identify with," McConnell said.

In his new book, "The Long Game,” McConnell hits on all bases of his life from campaigning in high school elections to telling off the neighborhood bully.

“It was an early example that it’s important not to get pushed around.”

And he didn’t. McConnell won election after election, from high school student body president to county judge to U.S. Senator. His 30 year career on Capitol Hill helped thrust McConnell into one of the highest political positions in the country, Senate Majority Leader.

McConnell doesn’t just love politics; he also has a soft spot for sports.
From tailgating at Louisville football games to taking in some baseball at Washington Nationals Park. He said there’s always a lesson to be learned and that he brings some of those tactics from the playing field to the Senate floor.

"There’s always somebody better," he added.

McConnell has had some fierce battles, most recently over gun control.
The Republican-led Senate blocked several bills including one that would prevent those on the terror watch list from buying guns.

"The challenge is how do you do that consistent with the Constitution, you know the constitution can’t just be waived.”

McConnell wants the stories in his book to stand as a reminder that Congress can and has worked together. But even that has become rare as the country and lawmakers are more divided than ever, especially during this presidential race.

"I think the American people expect a certain level of seriousness about the most important job in the country," McConnell said.

McConnell has endorsed Trump, but his candidacy could impact down-ballot races. McConnell is fighting for the GOP to keep control of the Senate. But he’s no stranger to challenges, personal or political.

"You’ll run into road blocks, speed bumps, get up the next day, don’t give up, and keep going, and if you do there is an overwhelming likelihood you’ll get where you’re headed.”

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