Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell
August 2nd, 2014
11:13 PM ET
2 months ago

Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell

(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.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was a bad aturny who went into poetics , married into money and lobbied for Asia .

    In other words he sold out .

    Sen. Rand Paul " Aqua Buddha " (R-Kentucky) made an appearance in support of McConnell , reciting some poetry, anything for a buck !

    August 2, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Oh my dont mention a cok out with bbq thats not right to some in the east

    August 3, 2014 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    Go Grimes! McConnel needs to retire!

    August 3, 2014 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  4. stormchaser 101

    Fancy farm politics bbq and hillbillies now that's a picnic

    August 3, 2014 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Mr. Balls

    When McConnell loses it will be a great day for America.

    August 3, 2014 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  6. Name king

    What has mcconelly accomplished for kentuckians, other than trying like hell to crash the country and made this president a one term president, nothing nada zilch.kentuckians would be fools to elect a man now determine to crash the country, to ruin Obama legacy and sour the country feelings about hiring another dem in the white house. Our country's infrastructure is outdated while China is building massive modernized structures, that makes America

    August 3, 2014 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Go for him Grimes. His only policy was to make Obama a one term president and that failed. His minority senate leadership has done zero to compromise on national issues and zero to benefit Kentuckians... way too few bills have even got close to passage in the worst record ever congress, Senate and House, to pass anything meaningful.
    You can beat this tired, irrelevant old man, in todays age/ era.
    His state level record since 2008 is out of touch and his federal activities even more out of touch with of for and by the people especially say right of center independents and some middle of the road independents.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 3, 2014 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  8. Name uche agonsi uche agonsi

    After three decades in an a public office, I think some inputs should be private. Kentucky requires a fresh blood in the system. Sen. McConnell further political contributions should be in other spheres.

    August 3, 2014 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    It's time for aa change in Washington AND ky, time to get rid of GOP OBSTRUCTIONEST like the turtle mc connel and Ted CRUZ and get back to work instead of electing the GOP which is on PERMANENT VACTION!!!!

    August 3, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Mister

    Once again, the fine folks in Kentucky show the world just how ignorant many of (us) are. You go to a debate to listen, not to heckle..... y'all !!!

    August 3, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. it must be said

    Mitch McConnell will not win, but be the next Majority Leader of the Senate. Do Nothing Democrat Harry Reid can kiss his leadership job good bye thanks to Obama, just as Pelosi did in 2010 thanks to Obamacare.

    August 3, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Hopefully, next time this year, McDonnell will be sitting on the couch with Elizabeth on "Fox and Fools."

    August 3, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. just saying

    just another grimy stinking obama supporting democrat that will wreck this country if elected. wake up kentucky! this woman belongs to a corrupt political party and marches in lock step with a moron president that is out to destroy the coal industry in your state. a vote for her is a vote to put thousands of your fellow kentucky citizens out of work, while importing many thousands of illegal alien country invaders to your state. don't let them lie to you and con you about how she is different and will stand up to obama. that is a total farce. don't be played for fools by the lying, deceitful democrats.

    August 3, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. Norma Vessels

    The reason there were more Republicans in the audience, is because the Fancy farm event was held in Western Kentucky. Get it? There are more Republicans than Democrats living in Western Kentucky. I just hope all of Democrats living in all of Kentucky, get out and vote for Alison Grimes in November. We need her.

    August 3, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. Dave Marks

    I would be interested in the barbeque recipes.

    August 3, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. mark felkins

    Go Grimes!

    August 3, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. vikingwoman

    Mitch McConnell & others like him need to be lead to the Exit! Since the 1st Black man won presidency his party, the GOTP, have done nothing but obstruct, ban, block, filibuster & make outlandish statements/suggestions wrapped in evangelical demagoguery! This action has hurt & divided the country & Americans, but they don't care! Their bottom line is to continue the histrionics to promote their 1% agenda & to denigrate a president who is working for working class citizens! They have also succeeded in making their own party seem useless & crazed! Out w/'the old,' in w/Grimes!!

    August 3, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Bessy

    Time for Kentucky to " dump " Mitch McConnell. Actually, long overdue. He is nothing but an obstructionist and will never do anything to help our country.
    Good luck Grimes.

    August 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Gary

    Breaking News " Mitch McConnel escapes another pig bar b q alive." I guess the pit masters aren't as fast as they used to be.

    August 3, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    McConnell is nothing more than chicken excrement, which makes him popular with the anti government repubes.

    August 3, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Klutch Cargo

    Cheap Shots will get you elected everytime.

    August 3, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. pkrbkr

    I live in Wisconsin, but hope Kentuckians elect Grimes.....McConnell has been in there too long! His claim to fame was to "make sure Obama is a one term president." How did that work out for ya?

    August 3, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Working Woman

    Go Mitch!!! We are supporting Mitch because he fights for the working people. He is attempting to keep our coal jobs and make this nation a WORK freindly. He is having to take on Obama and try help small business and corporations that hire people while our president is trying to destroy what he have and put us all on welfare. Our family had a small business and could not find workers because everyone is drawing welfare, food stamps, getting heat assistance, free daycare, and a Obama Phone!!! A vote for Grimes is a vote for OBAMA and his liberal agenda!

    August 3, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Thomas

    @Working Woman
    Go Mitch!!! We are supporting Mitch because he fights for the working people. He is attempting to keep our coal jobs and make this nation a WORK freindly. He is having to take on Obama and try help small business and corporations that hire people while our president is trying to destroy what he have and put us all on welfare. Our family had a small business and could not find workers because everyone is drawing welfare, food stamps, getting heat assistance, free daycare, and a Obama Phone!!! A vote for Grimes is a vote for OBAMA and his liberal agenda!

    =========

    Give me a break , your a paid political advertisement , working woman , working yes , woman ?

    August 3, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Patriot

    Since McConnell's only goal was to make Obama a one term president, McConnell should have resigned as soon as Obama won a second term. McConnell has the stench of failure all over him.

    August 3, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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