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Mitch McConnell Had a Fun-Free August

Take Five: Senate Majority leader is fueled by an antioxidant-rich superfood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he had no down time this summer. He was working. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 76, a Kentucky Republican, shares his favorite superfood, his salty memories of John McCain and his time-traveling fantasies. And what did he do on his summer vacation? Don’t ask.

Q: If you could change one thing about the Senate, what would it be?

A: We would have more Republican senators.

Q: What’s something Sen. John McCain said to you, in all your time working together, that you’ll never forget?

A: Unfortunately, that’s not something you can print in a family newspaper.

[Take Five: John Thune]

Q: If you could go back to any time period, whether you’ve lived it or not, what would it be and why?

A: The Constitutional Convention 1787. Would love to have been a delegate.

Q: If you had any down time this summer, what’s something fun that you did?

A: We didn’t have any down time — I cancelled the August recess.

Q: What’s something you do every day, without fail?

A: I have blueberries with my breakfast.

Quick hits

Last book read: Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America.”

Pet peeve: Reporters shouting questions in the hallways.

Cats or dogs: Dogs, obviously.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead: Henry Clay.

Closest friend across the aisle: Favorite Democrat: Chris Dodd.

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