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McConnell, Grimes Making Final Arguments to Kentucky Voters

Lisa Autry

One week from now, Kentucky voters decide whether to give U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell another six years or replace him with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Both are crisscrossing the state trying to convince the still undecided. 

McConnell brought his "Kentucky Leads America" bus tour to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Tuesday. Joining the five-term incumbent on the road was Grammy award-winning artist Lee Greenwood who energized a crowd of party faithful as McConnell sounded a familiar theme on the stump.  He said the makeup of the Senate must change in order to change the country. 

The Senate Minority Leader pointed a finger at the Obama administration for what he called a slow economic recovery, over-regulation, and a takeover of healthcare. McConnell suggested America was on the decline and said the eyes of the world are on Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

"Right here in our state is the only test of whether America is coming back, and with your help by golly, a week from today, America is on the way back," McConnell told the audience.

If Republicans win six seats next Tuesday, McConnell is positioned to become Senate Majority Leader, and-- in his words--call the plays for the country while still looking out for Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Democrat hoping to unseat McConnell claims after 30 years in Washington, he has stopped working for Kentucky. 

During a stop in Bowling Green last week, Grimes suggested McConnell needed a GPS to make it back to the commonwealth.

"Once, we used to have a senator in Wendell Ford that cared and could reach out across the aisle, and show up and speak up for the commonwealth," Grimes stated.  "We have someone now who barely makes it to any committee meetings."

Hoping to become Kentucky’s first female U.S. Senator, Grimes has said her top three priorities would be closing loopholes and tax breaks that have moved jobs overseas, raising the minimum wage and creating equal pay for equal work.

A recent Bluegrass Poll showed the race in a virtual tie, while several others have shown McConnell with a moderate lead.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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