Bourbon summit with Obama will still happen, McConnell says

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that the bourbon summit between him and President Obama “will happen.”

{mosads}The Kentucky Republican reiterated to CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that the two would meet over a dram of his state’s most famous spirit.

“Well, I think it will happen. The people in the industry in our state are sure hoping it’s going to happen,” he said.

After Republicans won control of Congress in the midterm elections, Obama said he would “enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell.”

The would-be meeting was quickly dubbed the “bourbon summit,” and distilleries began pitching the leaders on which one to pick. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) tweeted a photo of a pour of whiskey with the caption “Bipartisanship is neat #bourbonsummit”

McConnell said on Sunday choosing which bourbon to have would be like picking a favorite child.

“We’re going to have some kind of draw it out of a hat selection for the bourbon,” McConnell said.

Although Obama and McConnell met last month at the White House to discuss policy issues for the next year, no bourbon was sipped.

“Drinking bourbon in the middle of the afternoon would not be good for either of our careers,” McConnell said after the meeting.

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