McConnell kicks off eastern Kentucky bus tour

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in eastern Kentucky for a two-day bus tour through 10 counties in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who has represented the region for more than three decades, joined McConnell as he visits coal country.

They made their first stop at Whayne Supply in Corbin. At the foot of the podium both Senator McConnell and US representative Hal Rogers spoke from, was a massive chunk of coal, the product of the very jobs the incumbent senator is promising to protect despite EPA regulations if elected to another term.

"They've got an army of regulators crawling all over every business in America with the view that if you're making a profit, you're up to no good. And of course we've seen that on full display here in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky," said Sen. Mitch McConnell.

McConnell has focused on tying Grimes to President Barack Obama, who remains unpopular in Kentucky over his energy policy and moves to put more restrictions on the coal industry. But Grimes has tried to distance herself from the president by condemning his energy policies.

"My opponent will argue that she's a new face, and I will agree she is a new face. But a new face for what? A new face for the status quo," said Sen. McConnell.

Grimes campaigned in Lexington and Hazard on Wednesday with former President Bill Clinton. Grimes shared the stage in Hazard with more than a dozen retired and active coal miners from the United Mine Workers of America.

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