FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Senate front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes has portrayed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as being a chief Republican obstructionist as the rivals shared the spotlight at Kentucky's premier political event.
McConnell touted his Senate leadership and ignored Grimes, aiming his criticism at President Barack Obama. Both candidates in next year's Senate race spoke at the Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday in western Kentucky.
McConnell told a raucous crowd that Obama's health-care law is a "disaster" and accused the Democratic president of waging war on coal.
Grimes, the state's secretary of state, accused McConnell of playing a key role in the "disease of dysfunction" in Washington. She quipped that if Obama told McConnell he had a kidney stone, he'd refuse to pass it.
The stump speeches are a Kentucky political staple.