McConnell, however, said the debt ceiling talks are “a great opportunity to bring the two sides together to do something really significant for the country. ... I think what would reassure the world more than anything we could do would be to come together and use this opportunity, presented by the president’s request of us to raise the debt ceiling, to do something about the debt.”
He added that “the president’s own trustees, of Medicare and Social Security, have said both programs are in trouble” and that Medicare expenditures might be a point of potential compromise. “We know the Democrats are willing to reduce Medicare expenditures,” he said on “This Week.” “That’s something that can actually pass the Congress.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.