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Bevin criticizes McConnell on issues including health care, coal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Matt Bevin is blasting Mitch McConnell's long Senate record and says the Senate minority leader "dilly-dallied" as Kentucky's coal sector suffers and undermined efforts to cut off funding for the health care overhaul despised by both candidates.

Bevin laid out his position on a range of issues Thursday in his long-shot bid to unseat McConnell in the GOP primary, then asked reporters when McConnell has "fought for coal" or "gone to battle for the people of Kentucky."

McConnell's campaign scoffed at Bevin's claims and said the five-term senator has been at the forefront of fights against the health care overhaul and regulations limiting carbon pollution from power plants, seen as a key contributor to the coal sector's downturn by people in the eastern Kentucky coalfields.

Bevin came out swinging in his speech, portraying McConnell as part of the "elite class" in Washington, out of touch with issues back home in Kentucky.

The winner of the GOP primary will likely face Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes in the November election. Grimes officially filed paperwork Thursday for her Senate bid.

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