Candidates Make Final Push for Kentucky Senate Seat

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath campaign in Kentucky Friday as the candidates make their final push ahead of Election Day.

Posted: Oct 30, 2020 10:00 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2020 10:04 AM

With four days until Kentucky decides if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will continue his work as a United States Senator, Democratic challenger Amy McGrath is doing all she can to unseat him.

Both candidates are hot on the campaign trail as Election Day inches closer.

The senator stopped in Owensboro Friday morning where he spoke in front of a crowd of supporters at the Castlen steel plant.

The Coronavirus continues to be a large focus for McConnell.

"We need to provide additional assistance to help get us through the period," the senator said. "We're going to try and do that as soon as the election's out of the way and maybe the partisan passions will go down and we'll be able to pull together like we did with the CARES Act back in the spring."

That $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package and its impact on local Kentucky communities is a highlight for McConnell, and he said his decades-long experience as senator has not only benefited his role in Washington but also his work for Kentucky.

"I look out for middle America and Kentucky in particular," he said. "To put a specific number on it, over the last six years, $17.5 billion dollars for Kentucky that would not have been there had I not been the majority leader."

Meanwhile, his opponent Amy McGrath campaigned in Henderson, where she criticized the senator's time in the seat. She said he's been in power too long and that Kentucky needs change.

"Enough is enough; this guy has been in office for 36 years," McGrath said. "He doesn't represent us anymore, he represents Washington D.C., the Swamp, special interests, the wealthiest 1%."

Rallying her supporters, she also called out the senator for his handling of the pandemic. She said he failed to support Kentuckians through this health crisis.

"He spent his time all summer long, took a vacation, rammed through a Supreme Court nominee when he should have been working on aid, aid that President Trump wanted, the House of Representatives already passed," she said. "It would just help people right now, help us get through this crisis and he's refusing to do it.

The former marine fighter pilot told the crowd her goals for the state, should she be elected, focus on affordable health care for all and making broadband internet accessible to all Kentuckians, stressing that 25% of Henderson residents are still without. 

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