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Senate gets the ‘60 Minutes’ treatment

Well, that was awkward.

A bit of history was made Sunday night when Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared in their first joint television interview, enduring a tough line of questioning by Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes.”

The exchange began oddly: Both men showed up wearing dark suits, white shirts and red ties, and considering their age and bespectacled appearances, they looked like twins. Both men did their best to defend the Senate’s poor record of progress and bipartisanship in recent years, but the exchange clearly frustrated Kroft:

The newsman’s report last year on the financial conflicts of interest of some lawmakers compelled Congress to finally pass the STOCK Act, so, clearly hoping to pick up where he left off, he pushed both leaders to explain why they can’t seem to work together. They wouldn’t cede much ground. Watch the interview for yourself above or here.

Then make sure to watch Kroft explain his “exasperating” interview and his description of the odd body language between the two men:

What did you think of the interview? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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