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August 3, 2013

McConnell talks tough on Obama



“We’re going to take America in a different direction,” McConnell said. “We have to change the United States Senate and make me the leader instead of Harry Reid, who famously said coal makes you sick.”

As close as he came to mentioning Grimes was to mention “my opponent.”

“What my opponent needs to explain to the people of Kentucky is how our state would benefit by having the Senate led by a Nevadan who believes coal makes you sick rather than by a Kentuckian,” McConnell said.

Grimes has made clear her own unequivocal support for coal and said Obama is “wrong on coal.” She’s said some parts of the ACA need to be and must be improved but she doesn’t say which ones or how.

While McConnell and congressional Republicans once said they wanted to “repeal and replace” the law but they’ve pretty much dropped the replacement clause. Friday, the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted for the 40th time to repeal the bill – even though it won’t get a vote in the Democratic Senate and Obama would surely veto it.

But McConnell said if voters return him to Washington next year and voters in other states give Republicans control of the Senate, they “will repeal Obamacare – root and branch!” as the crowd cheered.

He said as Majority Leader he’d have two goals: repealing the healthcare law and “comprehensive tax reform that lowers tax rates for everybody.”

McConnell also reminded the crowd of how closely the race will be watched nationally, saying the “eyes of American will be on Kentucky – this will be the biggest race in the country.”

He warned Republicans that his stance against Obama means “his liberal friends come after you.” One of Bevin’s attack lines has been that McConnell hasn’t been a strong enough opponent of Obama and the ACA and has called on him to join more conservative Republicans in Congress calling for a government shutdown without repeal of the law.

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