Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “spoke with students at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, Ky, about the Tucson shootings this morning,” POLITICO reports.
“We don’t have all the facts yet, but we do know this: violence has no place in the Democratic process, and this heinous crime will not deter any of us from carrying out our duties," McConnell told the students, according to prepared remarks. "A strong democracy depends on a free and robust exchange of ideas. The actions of one deranged man this past weekend will not hinder that.”
McConnell also updated students that doctors are "optimistic" about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery. He extended his sympathies to the families of those who died in the shooting.