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Obama, McConnell bourbon summit?

Democratic President Barack Obama made an offer Wednesday to the new, presumptive Republican majority leader of the U.S. Senate — Kentucky's Mitch McConnell — to talk over Kentucky bourbon.

The president made the comment in a news conference discussing election results that saw the Republicans gain a majority in the Senate and that is expected to make Kentucky's senior senator from Louisville the new majority leader.

No doubt, any number of Kentucky distilleries would love to cater the meeting.

"Since the days of Henry Clay, Kentucky bourbon has been used to lubricate the wheels of government in Washington," said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association. "We stand ready to supply this meeting and serve our country as America's only native spirit."

Obama once jokingly suggested that getting a drink with McConnell wasn't something he looked forward to doing.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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