On Wednesday, local news station WPSD 6 caught Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing the GOP's government shutdown strategy on a hot mic.

“I just did CNN,” Paul said. “I just said over and over again, 'We're willing to compromise. We're willing to negotiate.' I don't think [Democrats] poll tested 'We won't negotiate.' I think it's awful for [Democrats] to say that over and over again”

"Yeah, I do too,” McConnell said. “I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publicly.”

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"I think if we keep saying, 'We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we're willing to compromise on this', I think they can't, we're gonna, I think... well, I know we don't want to be here, but we're gonna win this, I think,” Paul said, before walking away.

Neither Paul nor McConnell said anything about the GOP's apparent strategy of attempting to shame Park Rangers and hitting on CNN anchors.