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McConnell talks Grimes, Senate race

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Heather French Henry Heather French Henry

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The race for the U.S. Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is heating up.

Monday afternoon, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she will run against Senator Mitch McConnell to make a difference and move Kentucky forward. McConnell said her plans will hurt the commonwealth.

"She'll be onboard with the effort to implement Obama care and the war on coal," said McConnell.

Tuesday, President Obama delayed parts of the Affordable Care Act for one year. McConnell said it's noteworthy it's been delayed and he doesn't think Americans will be fooled again.

"Health insurance premiums are going up, jobs are being lost," McConnell said. "It's a catastrophic event on our economy. I know the administration would like to get that out of the way for a year. The one year delay is clearly designed to get it past the election."

In Monday's announcement, Grimes said, "Kentucky is tired of a senior senator that's lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters and their values."

Heather French Henry, who just announced she won't run against McConnell, said she thinks Grimes will be good for Kentucky.

"I certainly think it's great when any woman enters into the political scene," Henry said. "I think she's going to do a great job whether she wins or not. I think she's a strong force."

McConnell said if he loses the race it will hurt Kentucky in Washington.

"Kentucky would lose dramatically by trading in one of the two leaders of the Senate for a rookie," said McConnell. "We've only had two party leaders in the history of our state - Alben Barkley and myself. I sit in the front row, my opponent if she were elected, would sit in the back row."

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