Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
During an event in Covington, the Kentucky senator was asked about his thoughts on seeking re-election in 2026, when his term expires.
Initially, McConnell said he could not hear the question before pausing for about 30 seconds.
An aide then came up to McConnell and told the reporter he needed a minute.
McConnell apparently acknowledged that it was fine for him to continue fielding questions, but the aide asked reporters to “speak up”.
A spokesman for McConnell told Scripps News that McConnell felt “momentarily light-headed” before stopping. An aide to the senator said the senator was feeling fine but would consult a doctor “as a prudent measure” before his next event.
This is the second time in about two months that McConnell has frozen on camera. In July, he was speaking to reporters in Washington when he suddenly stopped for about 20 seconds. In such a situation, he was removed from the camera.
He later told reporters that he was fine.
McConnell, 81, was hospitalized in March after tripping and falling at a DC hotel. His office said the senator suffered a minor rib fracture, which required physiotherapy. He returned to the Senate in April.
McConnell has been in the Senate for nearly 40 years.