Grimes says she's "honored to have led" on minimum wage, disses McConnell for jobs comment

04/29/2014 12:02 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes used a minimum wage event Monday in her home town of Lexington to illustrate the differences between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and herself on job creation and retention in the state.

At a stop of the national “Give America a Raise” bus tour in Lexington Monday, Grimes spoke to a crowd in the rain about the benefits of raising the minimum wage and made sure to differentiate herself from Senator McConnell by touting her support of the issue.

“I am honored to have led on this issue not just in the commonwealth but indeed the nation that this is how we grow the middle class of Kentucky, this is how we grow the middle class of this nation,” Grimes told the crowd.

Grimes went on to blame Kentucky’s high unemployment and loss of jobs, especially in the coal industry, on McConnell’s representation in Washington.

A central message of Grimes’ remarks revolved around recent comments from McConnell to the Beattyville Enterprise that creating jobs in the area was the job of Frankfort, not his.

“Our senior senator had the audacity to go to one of the most hardest hit areas in our state in the eastern part of Kentucky and look the people of Lee county in the face and tell them it was not his responsibility to bring jobs to this state,” Grimes said. “In contrast to Senator McConnell, it is my number one priority to make sure we put hard working Kentuckians back to work.”

Grimes again brought up her jobs plan, saying she is the only candidate in the race with a plan.

In response, the McConnell campaign said Grimes’ jobs plan would actually hurt Kentuckians, not help them.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Obama-liberals promise a world full of prosperity, but the reality of their policies is fewer jobs and less opportunity for our most vulnerable,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “While Alison advocates hiking the minimum wage to benefit herself politically, her plan would actually cost Kentucky about 17,000 jobs.”

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