Mitch McConnell's campaign manager steps down
August 29th, 2014
07:32 PM ET
1 day ago

Mitch McConnell's campaign manager steps down

(CNN) – A little more than two months before Election Day, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stepped down Friday, resigning amid a long-brewing controversy involving Benton's ties to Ron Paul's presidential bid in 2012.

"With a heavy heart, I offered Sen. McConnell my resignation this afternoon and he reluctantly accepted," Benton said in a statement issued by McConnell's campaign. "Effective Saturday, August 30th, I will no longer be the 'Team Mitch' campaign manager."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitch McConnell • Ron Paul
August 28th, 2014
12:20 AM ET
5 days ago

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

(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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August 27th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
6 days ago

McConnell to CNN: Obama would have ‘a lot of congressional support’ for action against ISIS

Nicholasville, Kentucky (CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell knew how surprising it was going to sound to room full of Kentucky voters that he backs President Barack Obama on something.

"I think the President now, at this point - this will shock you when I say it - at this point, is doing the right thing,” he said Wednesday in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce here.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
August 25th, 2014
08:53 AM ET
1 week ago

The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Will Eric Holder be leaving the Justice Department?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – An exit strategy, proof of the Obama Midterm Drag, and insights into some of the most intriguing faces and races of 2014 and 2016 filled our weekly close-of-show trip around the Inside Politics table.

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Filed under: 2016 • Eric Holder • Inside Politics • Jeanne Shaheen • Mitch McConnell • Scott Brown
August 17th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
2 weeks ago

The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Political fallout from teen’s shooting

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Missouri Democratic family feud, a Kentucky Senate tactic worth tracking and some new nuggets about the busy 2016 GOP presidential maneuvering made for an action packed trip around the Inside Politics table: FULL POST

Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell
August 2nd, 2014
11:13 PM ET
4 weeks 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.

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First on CNN: New Grimes TV ad hits McConnell on women's issues
July 29th, 2014
11:00 PM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: New Grimes TV ad hits McConnell on women's issues

(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?”

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Filed under: Alison Lundergan Grimes • Democrats • GOP • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Meet the nation's most 'Honest Politician'
July 16th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Meet the nation's most 'Honest Politician'

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Campaign finance • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Fundraising in Kentucky Senate race breaks records
July 15th, 2014
03:59 PM ET
2 months ago

Fundraising in Kentucky Senate race breaks records

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race
July 8th, 2014
01:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Race • Senate Republicans
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