Kentucky U.S. Senate Primary Preview

Tuesday voters can decide which candidate from their party they want to run for U.S. Senate.

As Senate Minority Leader, McConnell touts his experience and what he can do for Kentucky.  He helped make it legal for Kentucky to eventually grow hemp, and also helped to pass legislation to allow people to fish below dams. 

"These are the kinds of things that most Senators are not in a position to do.  My leadership position helps me deliver for Kentucky," said McConnell.

Matt Bevin calls McConnell a career politician.

"He’s been on the public dime for nearly 50 years.  He does not understand how the private sector works.  You can read whatever you want in a book.  I can give you a book on farming, and I’ll tell you to go out and make it happen.  Good luck to you.  Or how to build an engine, I don’t want to be driving this vehicle after you’ve built your first engine," said Matt Bevin.

This week the Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit record highs.  The United States’ economy is expected to grow at one of the highest rates in the industrialized world.  So, we wanted to ask these candidates how they view the economy.

"Not very well.  This is the most tepid recover after a deep recession since World War Two, and the principle reason is the administration and over-regulating every sector of our economy," said McConnell.

McConnell blames the President.  Bevin blames all of Washington and especially McConnell.

"I got here from Jackson County, where unemployment is close to 20%.  What has all that power and influence done for the people of Jackson County for example, or pick a county, fill in the blank.  How is it helping us?" asked Bevin.

Whoever wins the Republican primary will likely face Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.  We spoke with her Thursday at the capitol in her current role as Secretary of State, Kentucky’s chief election official. 

She predicts low voter turnout on Tuesday, in part because of too many negative ads.

"I do think that’s why you see an uptick in terms of independents registering in the state.  They are tired of hyper-partisanship.  They want government to work for them, and are tired of the negativity that they see," said Grimes.

Her campaign’s spokesperson, Charly Norton, sent us this statement about the primary:

"With Washington paralyzed by partisan gridlock, Alison Lundergan Grimes will be an independent, commonsense problem-solver who fights for Kentucky values in the U.S. Senate. Alison believes that Kentucky families deserve better: good-paying jobs and a good quality of life, and is the only candidate in the race to put forth a comprehensive jobs plan that will rebuild the middle class and help create jobs. Our campaign looks forward to continuing to hold Mitch McConnell accountable for his failed 30-year Washington record through November."  

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