McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year
January 22nd, 2014
10:39 AM ET
7 months ago

McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year

(CNN) -  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new TV commercial that his team touts as its first major buy for the Kentucky Republican's 2014 re-election campaign.

McConnell's campaign says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run the positive ad statewide. The spot features a Kentucky resident named Robert Pierce, who says McConnell helped him recover from throat cancer.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him
December 5th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
9 months ago

KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him

(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's criticism of the Affordable Care Act may come back to haunt him in the next year's midterm race, according to Steve Beshear, the Democratic governor of McConnell's home state of Kentucky.

"I have a U.S. Senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don't want this. Well, the facts don't prove that out," the Governor said at Thursday's Democratic House Leaders caucus meeting on Obamacare.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Republican campaign group hit for sexist move
November 19th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Republican campaign group hit for sexist move

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it took disciplinary action after a staffer tweeted a link about Alison Lundergan Grimes that her campaign called sexist.

The link directed readers to a blog post titled "Grimes Is The New 'Obama Girl'?" on the website, BluegrassBulletin.com.
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Filed under: Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • NRSC
October 22nd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
10 months ago

Kentucky governor praises health care launch

(CNN) – Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky said Obamacare sign-ups are working just fine in his state, where 640,000 people don't have insurance.

"We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far," he said on CNN's "New Day."
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Filed under: Health care • Kentucky
Rubio weighs in on McConnell’s election fight
October 20th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
10 months ago

Rubio weighs in on McConnell’s election fight

Washington (CNN) – One-time tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Sunday he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election in 2014.

McConnell is facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kentucky from businessman Matt Bevin, who was endorsed by the influential Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Marco Rubio • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Obama cites success in Kentucky, yet healthcare rollout has hiccups
October 3rd, 2013
06:16 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama cites success in Kentucky, yet healthcare rollout has hiccups

Washington (CNN) – President Obama highlighted Kentucky’s Obamacare roll-out efforts Thursday noting that almost 11,000 people in that state have applied for health insurance. But even a state that earned presidential praise for its smooth execution is experiencing some hiccups.

When Kentuckians visit the health exchange’s login website, they are greeted by a warning that suggests their personal information could be disclosed to state and even foreign officials.

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Filed under: Health care • Kentucky • President Obama
McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad
August 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad

(CNN) - A progressive group targeting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a television ad Thursday, calling on the Senate minority leader to expand Social Security as the powerful Republican fights to hold on to his seat next year.

The 30-second spot features Kirk Gillenwaters, who says he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville when he was 18.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
August 8th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret telephone recording roils McConnell campaign

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell.

Benton made the off-message comments in a January telephone conversation with conservative activist Dennis Fusaro, a former colleague from Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
August 5th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
1 year ago

Sparks fly in Senate race at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic



(CNN) -
It's one of the country's hallmark political slugfests. And on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dealt a large portion of the blows.

At Kentucky's annual Fancy Farm picnic, politicians from the state gather at the event hosted by St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Graves County, tucked away in the southwest corner of the Blue Grass State.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack
July 30th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's Democratic challenger will call the Senate Republican leader a "guardian of gridlock" Tuesday afternoon, as she formally kicks off her campaign to try and unseat the powerful senator in next year's midterm elections.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches her bid with a campaign event in Lexington, Kentucky, the first stop of a multi-day tour through the Bluegrass state. Her race against McConnell, who's running for a sixth term in office next year, could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate contest in the country.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
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