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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Three years ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was a huge cheerleader for the controversial budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that would have partially privatized Medicare and slashed social spending programs.

Now McConnell, who's in a tough reelection fight, is backing away from his support and trying to suggest he was not an outright champion of this draconian budget measure.

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In an ad released this week, McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, attacks the GOP senator for backing Ryan's 2011 budget proposal, which would have essentially ended Medicare as a guaranteed federal program, slashed Medicaid, and repealed Obamacare.

In the ad, an elderly Kentucky man named Don Disney asks why McConnell voted to raise his medical costs by thousands of dollars a year -- referring to a provision in the Ryan budget that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would hike out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries by $6,000.

McConnell's campaign fired back, pointing out that the senator did not vote for the proposal itself, but rather only voted in favor of bringing the measure to the Senate floor for a vote. "There is no way to speculate" what McConnell would have done regarding a final vote on the Ryan budget, his campaign insists.

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"In May 2011, McConnell, appearing on Fox News, vowed to vote for Ryan's proposal. He said Ryan's plan was "a very sensible way to go to try to save Medicare."

As the McConnell-Grimes race -- one of the most closely watched Senate contests of the year -- heats up, Grimes is attempting to tar McConnell with the extreme budget plan that he once embraced. McConnell, the veteran Capitol Hill wheeler-and-dealer, is trying to wiggle out of the trap through a legislative loophole -- creating a false impression and distancing himself from his party's policymaker-in-chief."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-12 03:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

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#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-12 03:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think even the rubes in Kentucky are going to buy McConnell's lies. He is the epitome of the cynical politician, I just don't understand how people could vote for that slimy thing.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-12 09:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't know about the rubes but, I know we are getting sick and tired of McConnell. Its to the point that Grimes may win by default. Not for who she is or what she supports, just we are fed up with McConnell's antics.

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-07-12 09:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I don't think even the rubes in Kentucky are going to buy McConnell's lies."

He did win the primary.

#5 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-12 11:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

RCP average has McConnell up 1.5%.

A. The data is 1-2 months old.
B. A poll in May/June has little to do with November.
C. 1.5% is well within the margin, it's a tight race.

Turnout is going to be key, and I don't know that McConnell can generate enough enthusiasm, whereas Grimes just might generate just enough.

#6 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-12 11:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

#4 | POSTED BY DANIEL
"we are fed up with McConnell's antics."

Where in KY are you, Daniel?

#7 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-12 11:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Mitch McConnell RUNS away from Paul Ryan"

Lying Paul Ryan famously claimed that he ran a marathon in under 3 hours. ...LOL

#8 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-13 11:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI
"Paul Ryan famously claimed that he ran a marathon in under 3 hours."

Perhaps he meant he's run a 6-minute mile....26 times at various points in his life.

#9 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-13 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Where in KY are you, Daniel?

#7 | POSTED BY THETOM

I'm in the southcentral part of the state near Bowling Green.

#10 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-07-13 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think even the rubes in Kentucky are going to buy McConnell's lies. He is the epitome of the cynical politician, I just don't understand how people could vote for that slimy thing.

#3 | POSTED BY DANNI

He's Yin and Harry Reid is Yang.

I don't know how either one of them continue to get elected. But they do.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-13 10:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't know how either one of them continue to get elected. But they do.

Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-13 10:27 PM | Reply

Because the electorate is vastly ignorant or willfully overly optimistic.

#12 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-13 10:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

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