CORBIN — The independent part is directed at those in Kentucky who might warm to McConnell’s message that Grimes will be just another vote for the people who have, in McConnell’s phrase, waged a “war on coal.”
Grimes said she’s willing to work across the aisle and will work with anyone who wants to help Kentucky move forward, but if anyone “seek(s) to undermine this state and its jobs you will have no fiercer opponent than Alison Lundergan Grimes.”
Grimes has repeatedly said she disagrees with Obama on environmental policies that the Kentucky coal industry and McConnell say are killing mining jobs in eastern Kentucky. But that hasn’t stopped McConnell from pointing out she’ll be one more vote for Reid to remain Majority Leader rather than returning McConnell, who hopes Republicans can take control and make him Majority Leader.
But Grimes used an awkward comment McConnell made to a Beattyville newspaper a month ago, when he said bringing jobs to the area wasn’t the job of a U.S. Senator to paint McConnell as out of touch with Kentucky’s middle class.
Grimes said “putting hard-working Kentuckians back to work” will be her number one priority as U.S. Senator and the first bill she’ll append her name to will be one to raise the minimum wage.
McConnell, on the other hand, Grimes said, will spend millions on television attack ads to try to “buy his way back to Washington.” She then hit him for opposing the minimum wage increase and legislation to require equal pay for equal work for women.
“Women don’t belong in the back of the line but in the front of the line and 79 cents on the dollar is not enough,” Grimes exclaimed as the crowd applauded and cheered.