JACKSON Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped Friday afternoon at the Jackson Energy Cooperative in McKee.
His focus was discussing the Environmental Protection Agencies policies on coal.
"The new regulations that they have been pushing will guarantee that no new coal fired power plants are built again in America," said McConnell.
In order to change America Senator McConnell said we must change the people who are running it.
"It would help to get rid of Obamacare which is destroying jobs right and left in Kentucky and across the country," the senator said.
He said one of the biggest challenges facing "coal country" is our economy.
"We are now in the fifth year since the recession," said McConnell. "If this is a recovery I don't know what a boom looks like."
McConnell said the current administration is causing a depression in the coal fields.
"We need to get the private sector going again and you don't get that by borrowing, spending, taxing, regulating and doing things like shutting down the coal fields," the senator said.
We asked McConnell about a new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll.
The poll shows Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes leading the long-time senator 46 to 42% in a possible matchup this fall.
"It's a lot better than the poll the Herald-Leader ran the first time I ran nine days before the election that had me 15 points down," McConnell said. "Maybe I should be grateful that we were about even."
He is launching his "Coal Country For Team Mitch" campaign in Hazard on Saturday.