Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at a Friday campaign rally that his leadership in helping raise the debt ceiling was an effort to “protect the country.”

“We were confronted with a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default,” said McConnell. “Every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who stepped up to solve the problem.”

McConnell also highlighted his role in working with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) during the government shutdown and default threat last October.

“My job is to protect the country when I can, and to step up and lead on those occasions when it’s required. That’s what I did,” said McConnell.

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