McConnell Says He's Ready To Take Fight To Democrats

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to take the fight to his next challenger as the four-term incumbent awaits the Democratic nominee for the fall

Seeking re-election amid an ongoing war and sputtering economy, McConnell said his campaign will scrutinize the Democratic candidate who emerges from Kentucky's May 20 primary election. Another target will be the Democratic presidential nominee - whether it's Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama.

"It's going to be about the next six years; who can do the most for Kentucky," McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview Friday afternoon at his campaign office.

"And also whether Kentuckians are comfortable with either Clinton or Obama and the direction they want to take the nation. Because my opponent will be inevitably linked to that agenda."

In a wide-ranging interview, McConnell said conditions have improved in war-torn Iraq but wouldn't estimate how long U.S. troops will remain. McConnell has been a key supporter of President Bush's Iraq policy.

McConnell also tried to put the blame on Democrats for sky-high gasoline prices, saying they have resisted efforts to increase
domestic oil production.

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  • by Kentucky Girl Location: Ashland, Ky on Apr 30, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    One additional note of importance is that Mitch McConnell led the fight in Congress blocking the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2007. This was a law to protect women's rights to receive equal pay for jobs performed by male counterparts. Lilly worked for Goodyear for 19 years before an anonymous tipster informed her she received $6500.00 less than males performing the same job. She filed suit for discrimination, but since discrimination laws only allow 180 days after an act is committed, Lilly was denied; thus, the law needed to be changed. McConnell voted against having this law changed; therefore, he has denied women equal pay for jobs performed by both men and women. This is another example of his support for large corporations, his lack of support for equality in the workplace, and his denial of women's rights. DITCH MITCH! Now is the time!!
  • by David Location: Prestonsburg on Apr 29, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    By "scrutinize the Democratic candidate" does Senator McConnell mean slander and attack. He and his party are so far removed from the real day to day life here in Kentucky. Mitch retire please.....You are the lobyists boy have been and will remain him. We need someone who remembers where he was elected from and by who elected him. We need a change and it would sure be nice it it started in Frankfort and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as well. I have never been a party line person and always voted for who I felt was the best man/woman for the job, this November I will certainly be looking forward to casting my vote for the Democrat whoever that might be. I am for a change in where we are headed. We can't continue to borrow from China they own us now. If the country were a corporation China would be majority stock holder and that is just WRONG!
  • by Gonzales Location: Lex on Apr 29, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    Mitch needs to retire and go fishin!! that's about the only thing he's good at doing.
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 29, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    I agree, Ditch Mitch, he's been in there way too long as it is! I REFUSE to vote for ANY INCUMBENT in office. They ALL need to be replaced! I'm all for term limits, but they are the ones who make the laws, so they will not do that, so let's just VOTE THEM OUT!! I hope others will join me and vote against any incumbent!
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Apr 29, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    Wheres the bacon Mitch? You have been the Majority Whip and the Minority Whip and I don't see any thing coming Kentucky's way. That old (edited) Robert Byrd over in West Virginia has bourght home more Federal dollars per capita than any other congressman. What a joke! I will be supporting your opponent in the primary this time.
  • by bobby Location: hopkinsville on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    McConnell is not telling the truth about the oil prices. Truth is the administration is in the pockets of big oil and there has been no oversight. If you want 5 dollar gas keep voting the bums in .
  • by Gibson Location: Lex on Apr 27, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    He needs to retire, I think he has representated us long enough.
  • by Kentucky Girl Location: Eastern Kentucky on Apr 27, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    I have had enough of George Bush, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the Bush supporters to last a life time. Seeing my country now and knowing how each one has contributed to its demise is disgusting. Ditch Mitch!


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