GOP pollster Frank Luntz said Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should "pass the torch" and retire after his recent health concerns.
Luntz shared the remarks during an interview on "CNN Primetime" in reaction to McConnell freezing a second time during a press conference earlier this week.
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“It’s one of the problems that we have with Washington, which is that there is a time to lead and a time to pass on the torch to another generation,” Luntz said.
“I have sympathy for him, having suffered a stroke myself three-and-a-half years ago, and I know how temporarily difficult it can be,” he continued. “I also have sympathy for him as he is committed to serving the people who elected him.”
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Luntz also blasted the response by McConnell's office after the recent issue during a press conference.
“I thought that the comments his office made were insufficient. I think they’re going to have to be more forthcoming," he continued.
"I do not want to cast any aspersions on as I do not with Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Democratic side. But I understand why the public is saying about some of these people, ‘Give somebody else the chance to do the job,'” he said.
McConnell's freeze on Wednesday came just a month after the senator had a similar situation the previous month during a press conference in Washington.
The Republican Senate leader also fell earlier this year and was hospitalized with a concussion in an event that occurred during a private dinner.
McConnell's term runs through the end of 2026, with many wondering whether he'll make it or needs to step down before that time.