McConnell debates challenger in closely watched senate race
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a spirited debate with his Democratic opponent Amy McGrath on Monday. McConnell told voters that his position in the Senate gives Kentucky a huge advantage in national politics that it wouldn’t have without him.
“Look, the question is: Who can be effective for Kentucky?” McConnell said. “I give Kentucky an opportunity to punch above its weight on national issues and to bring home things for this state that it would not otherwise get.
McGrath slammed McConnell for not being an effective leader and leaving Kentucky out to dry.
“Sen. McConnell likes to talk about Kentucky punching above its weight. Here in Kentucky, we know we feel like we’ve been sucker punched,” said McGrath. “Are you better off than you were six years ago? Are you better off than you were 36 years ago?”
McGrath challenged McConnell on his decision to press forward with the Supreme Court nomination rather than to keep his focus on another coronavirus relief bill that she says countless Kentuckians and Americans are desperately awaiting. McConnell said the blame for the lack of a new stimulus bill lies at the feet of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Look, I know how to make deals. I made three major deals with Joe Biden during the Obama era. What the problem is here is the unwillingness of the Speaker to make a deal,” he said.
The debate took place the same day as the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first day of hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. McGrath said that the first case the Supreme Court will rule on after the election is in regards to the Affordable Care Act. She said that overturning the ACA, which provides coverage to millions of Kentuckians, would be the wrong decision during a global pandemic.
“No one believes the Supreme Court is going to strike down the Affordable Care Act,” McConnell responded.
McConnell said that McGrath supports Joe Biden and Kamala Harris when it comes to packing the courts. McGrath never denied the charge instead deflected back to the senate race.
“I think we should be working on unpacking the Senate right now,” she said.
McConnell’s campaign recently launched a series of campaign ads linking McGrath to Pelosi and Harris.
McGrath previously ran for U.S. House against Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr (R). She lost 51% to 48%. She’s proven to be a great fundraiser both in her previous race and again this year. Despite her fundraising numbers, most polls continue to show McConnell leading by double digits.
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