McConnell and Senator John Cornyn (TX) recently met with Wall Street hedge fund managers to tell them that electing Republicans will help in the effort to oppose financial regulatory reform. But McConnell doesn't want to talk about that meeting. When reporters asked about it, he repeatedly dodged the question and spoke about community bankers in Kentucky. Watch (h/t Think Progress):
QUESTION: How do you push back against this perception that you’re doing the bidding of the large banks? There was a report that you guys met with hedge fund managers in New York. A lot of people are viewing this particular line of argument, this bailout argument as spin –
MCCONNELL: You could talk to the community bankers in Kentucky.
QUESTION: I’m not asking you about the community bankers.
MCCONNELL: Well, I’m telling you about the community bankers in Kentucky.
QUESTION: Have you talked with other people other than community bankers?
MCCONNELL: Well, sure. We talk to people all the time. I’m not denying that. What’s wrong with that? That’s how we learn how people feel about legislation. But the community bankers in Kentucky, the little guys, the mainstreet guys, are overwhelmingly opposed to this bill.
QUESTION: What do you say to folks this is just meant to deflect attention from the fact your defending the large banks?
MCCONNELL: I’d say that’s innaccurate.