If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to act on debt ceiling next week White House warns GOP of serious consequences on debt ceiling Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R) had to be stranded on a desert island with one living U.S. Democratic president, he says President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE would be the "easy choice."
During a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce event in Lexington on Tuesday, McConnell described the incumbent as "a first-rate person" despite their various and vast disagreements on policy.
During the event a reporter asked him, "You're stranded on a desert island and you can only have one companion. Your choices are Joe Biden, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election MORE, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE or Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterAmerica needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Afghanistan and the lessons that history does not offer What's at stake — and in play — for the midterms MORE. Who do you choose?" as reported by NBC News.
The Republican leader first eliminated former President Carter in the hypothetical situation, reportedly saying, "we can rule him out."
McConnell eliminated Obama next.
Though he once said that he would fight to make Obama a one-term president, he clarified to reporters on Tuesday that "the only thing I didn't like about him is he had a tendency to tell me to my face what I thought."
"[A]nd one time I had to say, 'Mr. President, really, that's not what I think,'" he said.
When it came down to a final decision between former President Clinton and Biden, NBC News says McConnell reflected on his time serving with Biden in the Senate.
"Biden and I did four bipartisan deals during the Obama administration, I consider him a personal friend," he said.
"I was the only Republican who went to his son Beau's funeral, so that would be an easy choice. I think Biden is a first-rate person," McConnell continued.