Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday finally got his chance to tell one of his biggest critics, American Enterprise Institute's Norman Ornstein, just what he thinks of him.

In a Q&A after his major address on free speech, McConnell took a question from Ornstein but didn't even let the scholar finish before delivering the blow: "You've been consistently wrong on almost everything."

Then the Kentucky senator mocked: "I've always wondered who eats lunch with you over at this organization?"

Ornstein took the bait with a defensive: "I've got more friends than you think here senator."

As he completed his answer, McConnell delivered a final punch, accusing Ornstein of trying to push business out of political campaigns and creating a system where the government would control and fund campaigns.

"Make no mistake about it, Norm's a good old old fashioned far-left guy, I like him, he's fine, he's been wrong for as long as I can remember and it's great to see you, I've been wanting to spar with you for years," said McConnell as Ornstein sheepishly grinned.

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