Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

McConnell equates his ancestors’ slave ownership to Obama’s

McConnell equates his ancestors’ slave ownership to Obama’s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says his family's history of slave ownership doesn't change his opposition to reparations.

Democrat Amy McGrath, 44, announced her campaign Tuesday with a video wherein she hits out at McConnell for not responding to a letter she wrote him when she was 13 years old.

And several outside groups have been working to oppose McConnell or entice McGrath to run, including Ditch Mitch, a political action committee dedicated to unseating McConnell, as well as the liberal political action committees VoteVets and End Citizens United.

The highly anticipated announcement keys up what is likely to be one of the most closely watched and well-funded matchups of the 2020 congressional campaign cycle, although even Democratic supporters have acknowledged that McGrath faces long odds to unseat one of the most powerful members of the GOP. Though her campaign videos went viral and helped her ultimately raised $3.3 million more than the incumbent, McGrath lost her 2018 challenge to Rep.

"I'm running to replace Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate", McGrath said.

"I've been always somebody who stepped up to the plate when asked, when I felt like my country needed me, and this is one of those times", she said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Comparing President Trump's election to 9/11, endorsing a government takeover of healthcare and calling the wall "stupid" is a heck of a platform that we will be delighted to discuss over the next 16 months".

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"I would prefer to focus on the issues that will directly address these problems - and building a consensus to do just that, Obama said". But McConnell painted his opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, as too liberal and out of touch with the conservatism of the state. "I look forward to the contest and laying out our differences to the people of Kentucky". McGrath, who must first win the Democratic nomination, would not show similar restraint against McConnell. But that doesn't mean she can't win.

McGrath believes that people in her state voted for Trump due to promises to "drain the swamp" and lower prices of prescription drugs; promises she does not believe the president has fulfilled.

McConnell's website also indicates he would try to make one of McGrath's potential strengths a liability. This is a different because, you know, Kentucky voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and you can say Kentucky is a very red state but it's a very pro Trump state, ' she said.

McConnell told a press conference on Capitol Hill he was confident that the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-run House of Representatives would agree to raise the federal debt ceiling once more so that the U.S. government would not default.

Of course, McConnell is not a fierce supporter of Trump at all.

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