(CNN) – The election is still more than a year away, but Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign coffers got a boost Monday when fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio helped rake in more than $230,000 at a fundraiser in Kentucky.
At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber.
"Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said at the fundraising event. "The way he fought Obamacare, tooth and nail, and forced the Democrats to use extraordinary measures to pass it was a critical catalyst in electing my entire class of Senate conservatives in 2010. Without Mitch, I don't know that we'd have Senator Rubio, Senator Johnson, Senator Paul or Senator Lee."
Those names were all elected to the Senate with support from the tea party, whose members have sometimes viewed McConnell skeptically. No Republican candidate has emerged thus far that would challenge McConnell in a primary contest in 2014.
One potential Democratic rival is actress Ashley Judd, though she has yet to formally jump in the race. McConnell's team has already gone after her in a web video for living in Tennessee rather than Kentucky.
In all, McConnell's campaign had $7.3 million cash on hand as of their last filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Earlier, Rubio spoke at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center, named after the senator. Introducing Rubio, McConnell joked about the Florida Republican's own political future.
"He's starting to look at vacation homes in Iowa and New Hampshire," McConnell quipped.
"Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill,"
What?!?!? That's some malarkey. Sen. "One Term" McConnell is what's wrong with the Senate. From his obstruction on everything to his abuse of the filibuster. He's got to go.
anchor baby, it's all about the benjamins
"At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber."
What agenda? Since making Obama a one-term president has not exactly worked out the way they thought it would, what sort of grand, strategic vision does Senator Beaker have?
Anyone? That's what I thought. Vision and Mitch McConnell are two mutually exclusive concepts
I thought Ashley Judd lived in Ireland and Tennessee, right?
"merit based??? highly doubful. pandering??? highly likely."
Pierson has been a secret agent for 30 years, was in charge of protection operations for almost a decade and was chief of staff to the head of the Secret Serrvice for 5 years and the best you can come up with is to ring the GOP/Teatrolls' affirmative action alarm bell? And you wonder why the GOP/Teatrolls are looking into the black, hungry maw of oblivion?
good job.... the money will be needed to go after the democrat opponents early and often just like obama did with romney.
Because they are his masters and he's one of their house dogs, Rubio the fat head, no matter how questionable McConnell character is, Rubio will back him as long as the unseen hand of the republican party tells him to. Rubio just loves "kibbles and Bits" . . . :(
"Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said
Oh, that absolutely makes me sick. Obstructionism is all they have accomplished and the Tea Party golden boy praises him for it. NEWS FLASH, I will NEVER forget the quote. "We will do everything in our power to ensure Mr Obama is a one term president", Sen Mitch McConnel (Tea Nut Republican).
"Without Mitch, I don't know that we'd have Senator Rubio, Senator Johnson, Senator Paul or Senator Lee.""
Sounds like something the Dems could and should quote in their own advertisements. I hardly think blaming Beaker for those 4 buffoons appearing in the Senate works in Beaker's favor with anyone but the radicalized right wing nut jobs.
""Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said "
Newsflash: If your only "accomplishment" is preventing anything from being accomplished, you've got serious election year problems.
Rubio should keep his mouth shut because his inaccuracies about McConnells behavior is far from the truth and even republicans here dispute it and it could come back at Rubio as well down the line..McConnell better start campaigning tommorrow because if AshleyJudd does run his days are over..This Citizens United is the financial nails in his coffin because Ms Judds husband a famous granprix racer as well as her an actress can get contributions world wide you nitwits and they'll show him how...McConnell is toast and after him making that assenine statement saying his main agenda was making Pres.Obama a one termer failed it'll most likely be the quote that took out a senator and McConnell maybe your Asianamerican wife can take you back to China where both of you belong..She created enough jobs there for them didn't she under Bush!!
McConnell is toast in 2014. Period.
and they complain that the president spends to much time campaigning. Hum double standard as usual. Maybe they should be in Washington helping the people they keep screwing.
Things aren't looking to well for the old closet Queen. Might be looking for a new job soon!
Obstruction to the needs of the country comes at a high price, and the current day republican party will do anything in their power to block what is best for the people and the economy.
Democraps cant stand marco rubio cause he can really hurt democraps guess what u bring out ure big gun with obama then we are bringing ours thats how it works republicans r on the rise
I sure wish we.had a couple of senators & congress men/women that would stand up to the sorry mess we have in the white house & work on our economy. Obama & his family need to.stop with all these vacations. Quit spending our tax dollars on themselves.
Mitch McConnell / Marco Rubio 2016
so much wisdom , unstoppable !
Rubio is buying support for his 2016 presidential campaign. He will collect as many IOUs as possible between now and 2016.
It not going to be enough. He's toast and he knows it.
And you wonder why the GOP/Teatrolls are looking into the black, hungry maw of oblivion?
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