(CNN) – Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates traded pithy barbs Saturday at a dual campaign stop in the midst of a race with national implications.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his opponent, Democrat Alison Grimes, appeared in western Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic, where they each criticized the experience level of the other candidate.
"Thirty-five is my age - that's also Senator McConnell's approval rating," Grimes quipped.
Polling from earlier this year indicated McConnell's approval rating was in the low 30s.
And Grimes gave McConnell grief for serving in Washington for so long, saying he'd forgotten about the people of Kentucky.
"After three decades in Washington, you've just given up. You don't care about us any more. Thanks to you, D.C. stands for 'Doesn't Care," Grimes said.
But McConnell had something to say about how important his experience is while highlighting Grimes' inexperience, drawing parallels between Grimes, who's two years in as Kentucky's secretary of state, and the relative inexperience of President Barack Obama before taking office.
"He was only two years into his first big job when he started campaigning for the next one. Sound familiar?" McConnell said.
This is the 134th year of the event held in Fancy Farm. It's a unique event, bringing together candidates from both parties to the same venue. Grimes and McConnell were heckled throughout their speeches, but it seemed McConnell had more, or at least louder, supporters in house.
Thousands of people attended this year's event in western Kentucky, where in addition to the candidates, visitors also were able to enjoy a barbecue.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) made an appearance in support of McConnell at the event, reciting some poetry and picking on some of Grimes' West Coast fundraising.
"There once was a woman from Kentucky, who thought in politics she'd be lucky. So she flew to LA for a Hollywood bash. She came home in a flash, with buckets of cash," Paul said.
While the race has clear national implications and is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, Grimes said she wants the focus to be on Kentuckians.
"This race is between me, you and the people of Kentucky," Grimes said to McConnell, seated just a short distance away.
Polls show the race is nearly tied just three months away from the election.
If Grimes wins, she'd be just the second to knock off a Senate leader in the past 60 years. Former Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota lost his re-election bid in 2004.