In a barn burner of a victory speech, Alison Lundergan Grimes leveled Sen. Mitch McConnell with a speech that was nothing less than a devastating destruction of the chief Republican obstructionist.
Alison Lundergan Grimes said that Mitch McConnell is going to try to buy his way back to DC, with deceitful tactics. Grimes hammered McConnell by saying that he has been in the Senate for 30 years, but he has no record to run on. Grimes said McConnell is so out of touch with Kentucky that he thinks Obama is on the ballot. She said, “Nothing about this election change who is in the White House…Sen. McConnell, this race, is between you and me.” Grimes said, “It is my number one priority that Mitch McConnell doesn’t see another term.”
Grimes said she is not an empty dress. She is not a rubber stamp, and she is not a cheerleader. She promised that as the state’s next senator, she will answer to the people, not the president — no matter who he or she might be. Grimes said that she is a proud Kentucky woman, and no Kentucky woman will sit on the back bench.
She said that the election isn’t about party control. It’s about two very different visions for Kentucky. Grimes said McConnell stands on the wrong side of every issue for Kentuckians. She hit McConnell for refusing to raise the minimum wage, but quadrupling his own net wealth while in the Senate. Grimes said McConnell is on the wrong side of every issue when it comes to women. She said that if McConnell can’t stand up to protect Kentucky’s women against violence, he doesn’t deserve to be U.S. Senator.
Grimes said that it is on McConnell’s watch, not her’s, that the state has lost thousands of coal jobs. Grimes ripped McConnell for voting against veterans. Grimes said that McConnell has been on the wrong side of jobs, and slammed McConnell for saying that it isn’t his job to bring jobs to the state of Kentucky.
Alison Lundergan Grimes said that the race is about somebody who has never put forward a jobs plan in 30 years. She promised to rise every morning and work to bring jobs to Kentucky. She promised to rid Kentucky of a man who hasn’t worked for them in Washington.
Grimes hit on all of McConnell’s weaknesses in her speech. It was amazing to see her come out of the gate this hard at McConnell. Her campaign is sensing a major anti-incumbent sentiment, and they are using Mitch McConnell’s incumbency against him.
Mitch McConnell wants to run against Barack Obama, but Alison Grimes is making this election all about Mitch McConnell. If Mitch McConnell wants a street fight, Alison Lundergan Grimes looks ready to go toe to toe with him.
Lundergan Grimes has become McConnell’s worst nightmare. McConnell looked and sounded old and tired compared to his Democratic opponent, and she is in a fantastic position to retire Mitch McConnell from the United States Senate.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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