Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is passing on an invitation from President Obama to celebrate the University of Kentucky’s NCAA basketball championship at the White House on Friday.

Obama invited the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to the White House later this week to recognize its victory over Kansas to win the 2012 national championship.

The president asked McConnell to join but the Senate leader will be in Kentucky participating in festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, according to a McConnell aide.

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