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Bevin: McConnell hasn't done enough for coal industry

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin continued his attacks against Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday during several stops in southern Kentucky.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, is trying to unseat McConnell, the Senate's minority leader, in the GOP primary.

Bevin spoke at a restaurant in Corbin and accused McConnell of not doing enough for the coal industry.

"We need people that will actually fight for us," Bevin said. "It's great to come back and pretend to be a friend of coal once every six years and run a bunch of ads and remind people of that when nobody believes it to be true. But where is that voice to actually fight for us? His vote is great, but a voice is better."

The Republican winner will likely face Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, in the general election.

In response to Bevin's appearances in southern Kentucky, McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore released the following statement:

"Matt Bevin's whole campaign is based on deception. He literally reinvents everything from where he went to school, to his business career, to his views on the issues depending upon who he is talking to. Most people would be a little bashful when they know they're just spinning yarn but this guy does it with such ease and comfort that it's seriously alarming to watch."

Kentucky's primary election is in May.


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