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Yarmuth gives view on race for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd)
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) celebrated the Fourth of July holiday at Louisville's Metro Hall by reading the Declaration of Independence. WAVE 3 News talked to Yarmuth about the Kentucky Senate race and the road ahead for Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Although we're still 16 months away from electing a senator, Kentucky's U. S. Senate race is already beginning with ads and mudslinging. It also has people talking.

On July 1, Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, announced she would run for the seat currently held by Sen. Mitch McConnell.

"She has to come out of Jefferson County with a huge margin," said Yarmuth, "and so she has a thin patch to walk as far as distancing herself from the administration and risking alienating a lot of people who will vote for her."

Yarmuth said he thinks Grimes offers a great contrast to McConnell.

"Mostly I'm just happy we have a candidate with name recognition who's energetic, has contacts with President Clinton and Hillary and is already tied with Senator McConnell in one poll," said Yarmuth. "So I think that's a good place to start."

Yarmuth thinks health care will be a frequent topic but in all we will hear more about the person than the problems.

"I'm not sure that it's going to be a campaign that really focuses on issues so much," said Yarmuth. "I think it's going to be more of looking forward and who represents the best future of Kentucky."

Yarmuth also predicts Grimes will have strong appeal on women and the younger vote.

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