(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.
"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.
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(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.
(CNN) - The female Democratic candidate who hopes to topple Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new television ad hitting him where Democrats think he is highly vulnerable - with women voters.
The ad is the latest in a series in which Alison Grimes uses real voters to pose questions for McConnell. In this ad, Kentucky resident Illene Woods asks why he voted "two times against the Violence Against Women Act. … and against enforcing equal pay for women?”
(CNN) - "Listening to my constituents, legislating, these are things I don't do," faux candidate Gil Fulbright promises viewers in a bitingly satirical campaign ad run by self-described anti-corruption group Represent.Us.
"What I do is spend about 70% of my time raising funds for reelection," he adds.
(CNN) - It's a fundraising showdown in one of the nation's high stakes Senate contest this year.
Democratic challenger Alison Grimes' campaign announced Tuesday it brought in over $4 million in the past three months - the most a senate candidate in the state has raised during a quarter fundraising period - with $6.2 million cash on hand.
(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes released her first statewide television ad on Tuesday in Kentucky's highly competitive Senate race, but it won't be the only one Blue Grass state residents see this week.
The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, an outside group backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, launched an ad of its own, which questions his Democratic challenger's stance on a number of issues.
(CNN) - Rand Paul said the Kentucky law that prohibits candidates from appearing more than once on a ballot won’t stop him from running for president and his Senate seat in 2016, if he chooses to make a White House bid.
“We do think about it, but ultimately it's not something that will probably deter the process, if we make a decision," the Republican senator told the Associated Press on Thursday.
(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kentucky, released a radio ad Wednesday slamming President Barack Obama for "pie in the sky regulations" aimed at her state's coal industry.
Grimes has made it a point to draw a bold line between herself and the White House - most recently on the Obama administration's new Environmental Protection Agency rule that would drastically reduce carbon emission from power plants.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who practiced as an ophthalmologist for 17 years before entering Congress, is back at home performing free eye surgery for patients Tuesday.
The Kentucky Republican said it's "an amazing thing to see someone sit up and be able to see better," but he's also keeping up his skills so he can eventually return to the medical field.