Bevin: McConnell negotiating shutdown from 'position of weakness'

10/15/2013 06:37 PM

As the negotiations continue over the government shutdown and debt ceiling in Washington, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin said McConnell has backed himself into a corner.

Bevin, a Louisville investment banker, told Pure Politics at an event in Frankfort that McConnell put himself – and the Republican Party in a “position of weakness” during the negotiations debate.

“He is dealing – Mitch McConnell — now from a position of weakness. Which is a position he’s put himself voluntarily into. When he voted for cloture, he handed the ball back to Harry Reid. He handed the reins back to Harry Reid. He showed his cards to Harry Reid. And has been dealing from a position of weakness ever since,” Bevin told Pure Politics.

McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman dismissed Bevin’s answer as being ill-informed.

“Watching what Matt Bevin comes up with on a day to day basis almost makes you want to throw an arm around the guy and hand him a cold-pack,” McConnell campaign spokesperson Allison Moore said. “At some point, you’d think he would stare up at his fake MIT diploma and wonder whether this is the kind of campaign he envisioned.”

As negotiations have expanded to include a way to reopen the federal government and extend the debt ceiling, Bevin said he still wants conservatives to hold the line and defund the Affordable Care Act.

“The American people overwhelmingly don’t want this,” Bevin said. “I still think it should be delayed by not funding its implementation.”

Bevin said that increasing the debt limit should not be an option, he said the focus in Congress should be getting a handle on “fiscal irresponsibility.”

Meanwhile, politicians from both parties and the U.S. Treasury have warned against missing the deadline Thursday to raise the debt ceiling. The treasury would have to pay bills, including interest payments on the debt, with whatever cash is available as tax revenue comes in.

“There is zero chance of us defaulting,” Bevin said.

_Watch the interview with Bevin to hear what he has to say about the issue he and McConnell agree on. _

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Storm. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



  • Steve Everett wrote on October 15, 2013 07:19 PM :

    Bevin and the rest of the Tea Koch Heritage Action Party challengers can kiss their chances good bye after instigating the shutdown of the government and of America. Bye Bye : )

  • Bruce Layne wrote on October 16, 2013 07:37 AM :

    I don’t think there is any doubt that Matt Bevin is the candidate in this US Senate race who best represents Kentucky values, but as usual, it comes down to money. McConnell and Grimes have tens of millions of dollars from Big Government lobbyists who are investing in their campaigns to get a hundred times as much back in the form of government contracts and legislation that’s favorable to them. Shame on us if we listen to their lying attack ads instead of voting for Matt Bevin.

    Fortunately, I’ve been seeing the Bevin campaign making solid inroads this week as Kentuckians start to pay attention to this race. When people hear Matt Bevin speak, they intuitively understand that he represents what they believe. They see a man who feels the need to sacrifice a few years of his life to represent Kentucky but would never become another career politician.

    Big money career politicians versus a citizen legislator. I hope my fellow Kentuckians make the correct choice again. We chose Rand Paul in 2010 and Thomas Massie in 2012. From what I’ve seen lately, I think we’re going to choose Matt Bevin to represent us in the US Senate in 2014.

  • Robert Hall wrote on October 17, 2013 03:12 PM :

    As we witness yesterday Mitch McConnell got in return for his vote 2.9 billion for a dam in Kentucky. Now I see people saying Matt Bevin does not stand a change against big money, but Kentucky people also remember , that you don’t turn on your voters and expect them to turn and vote for you in May of next year election primary. Yes Mitch has big money but with only 36% approval rating in Kentucky before yesterday vote against the people that number will fall even more thank you.

  • Taika wrote on October 17, 2013 08:41 PM :

    Well said Mr. Layne! My family will be working hard to see that Mr. Bevin is our next senator. The events of the last few weeks have only increased my motivation. Let’s do what it takes and send Rand some reinforcements – someone who WON’T keep cancelling out his vote.

    Time to party like it’s 2010! Matt Bevin for US Senate!

  • Sally Oh wrote on October 18, 2013 08:40 PM :

    Matt Bevin is awesome — I am putting my energy into his campaign. I’ve heard him speak, he’s the real deal. Conservative, liberty-minded, constitutional, no-nonsense, businessman, 100% pro-2nd amendment… Ditching Mitch is fun all by itself but to have a qualified candidate to replace him? Icing on the cake!

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