Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he is treating his selection process for the new "supercommittee" like a job interview.
“I’m treating it like a job interview,” McConnell said Tuesday, according to ABC News.
As part of the debt-limit-increase compromise President Obama signed into law last Tuesday, a joint, bicameral committee of legislators is tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts. The top Democrat and Republican in each chamber of Congress has until Aug. 16 to pick three members for the committee.
Thus far the Republican and Democratic leadership have given few clues about who could be on the committee, despite widespread speculation.
A number of legislators from both parties have indicated or shown outright interest in being on the committee.
McConnell said he had been talking with possible candidates for the committee.
"I asked our colleagues, our Republican colleagues, who would like to be on it," McConnell said. "And I basically sat down in person with the people who wanted to be on it, talked to them about it, and have done follow-up calls to several of them that I’m leaning toward appointing."
McConnell also said that he was looking for legislators who were ready to receive a great deal of pressure about the committee.
"I’m putting people on there that I think have high character, great integrity, and can deal with the fact that they are going to be pushed and pulled and lobbied by everyone in this town, including our own colleagues in the Senate," McConnell said.