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WASHINGTON -- A conversation between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul about government shutdown negotiations not meant for the public was unintentionally caught on a microphone that was still on.

Video and audio of the conversation was posted online Thursday showing the two talking strategy about the shutdown.

McConnell warned Paul he was “all wired up” before the Kentucky senator whispered to him, “I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise, we’re willing to negotiate.’ I don’t think they poll tested ‘we won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”

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

Paul responded, “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…well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna’ win this I think.”

Click here to watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eziI4h3J0Eg

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