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McConnell appears to freeze again during news conference

McConnell, 81, sparked concern in late July when he froze on Capitol Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday appeared to freeze again during a press conference in his home state of Kentucky.

Video showed the Republican senator speaking in Covington when he was asked by reporter about whether he will run for reelection in 2026. McConnell trailed off and was seen staring ahead for several seconds before an aide stepped in to ask if he’d heard the question.

ABC News has reached out to his office for comment.

PHOTO: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to a news conference after a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans U.S. Capitol, July 26, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to a news conference after a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans U.S. Capitol, July 26, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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McConnell, 81, sparked concern in late July when he was escorted away from the podium on Capitol Hill after he stopped speaking mid-sentence. After 20 seconds, he was helped away from the podium by two of his colleagues.

The senator reappeared at the microphone minutes later to continue answering questions. Asked about the episode, he told reporters he was “fine.”

PHOTO: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is helped by, Sen. John Barrasso after the GOP leader froze at the microphones as he arrived for a news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, July 26, 2023.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is helped by, Sen. John Barrasso after the GOP leader froze at the microphones as he arrived for a news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, July 26, 2023.

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McConnell’s health has drawn increased attention after he was hospitalized earlier this year following a fall at a Washington hotel. He suffered a concussion and fractured rib, requiring a five-day hospital stay and later inpatient rehabilitation.

He returned to the Senate weeks later to a warm embrace by colleagues, telling reporters it was “good to be back.”

Congress is currently out of session for August recess. Senators are due back in Washington on Sept. 5.

Earlier this year, McConnell became the longest-serving Senate party leader in history.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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