Lundergan Grimes focuses on McConnell in acceptance speech
Alison Lundergan Grimes delivering her victory speech.
LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - For months, the campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes worked to contrast their candidate to the longtime senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell. On the night of the primary, when Grimes accepted her party's official nomination, Democrats ratcheted up the rhetoric against the 30-year incumbent.
"The marshmallow fight is over," said Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg). "Tonight the war begins."
"Democrats and Republicans alike know that after 30 years of dysfunction, it's time to bring Mitch McConnell home," said Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY).
Stumbo and Beshear were just two speakers of a who's who in Democratic politics who took the stage prior to Grimes' arrival. Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and former Governor Martha Layne Collins also threw their support behind the party's candidate.
During her acceptance speech, Grimes tried to reach out to voters from all parties.
"I want to invite Kentuckians all across the Commonwealth - Democrats, Republicans and Independents -to join us tonight in our common cause: to have a fresh, independent voice in Washington, D.C.," Grimes said.
Grimes told supporters that McConnell will have millions of dollars to spend from Washington interest groups and lobbying firms. Grimes added that the campaign would be negative, trying to tie her to President Barack Obama, who does not enjoy widespread support in the Commonwealth, particularly in coal country. Grimes said she does not agree with the President on coal.
"President Obama is not on Kentucky's 2014 election ballot," Grimes said. "Nothing about this election will change who is in the White House, but we can change who is in Washington, D.C. and finally put someone for the Commonwealth of Kentucky."
Her acceptance speech hit on themes that promise to continue to be a part of her campaign: raising the minimum wage, bringing jobs to Kentucky, fighting for women's issues. She addressed McConnell's argument that by re-electing him, Kentucky would continue to have a seat at the front of the room instead of the back bench by saying, "No Kentucky woman will sit on the back bench."
"This election will be about holding you, Senator McConnell, accountable for all that has happened on your watch," said Grimes as she started to close out her speech.