Flanked by fellow Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and John Barrasso of Wyoming, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters Tuesday. "The debate has turned from how much to grow government to how much to reduce it," he said. (Associated Press)

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Flanked by fellow Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and John Barrasso of Wyoming, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters Tuesday. "The debate has turned from how much to grow government to how much to reduce it," he said. (Associated Press)