Ohio Democratic U.S. Senator says a Grimes win will lead to a less 'combative' GOP leader

09/30/2013 09:24 AM

Incumbent U.S. Senate Democrats are rooting for Alison Lundergan Grimes not only to bolster their ranks but also so that Republicans will have a less “combative and controversial” leader, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Speaking to Democrats in Northern Kentucky on Friday, Brown said Senate Democrats are tired of McConnell leading blockades in the upper chamber.

“If you win Kentucky for Alison Grimes, that you will change the country. One, we will see a different Republican leader who will not be so combative and controversial and all that,” Brown said, adding that secondly, a win in Kentucky will assure that Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate.

Brown also praised Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times Friday with the headline, “My State Needs Obamacare. Now.”

Beshear defended the Affordable Care Act and its potential effect to provide access to health coverage for 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians. Some will be covered by Medicaid expansion, which Beshear agreed to accept, and others through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, which opens Oct. 1 and will match up uninsured Kentuckians with private health insurance or Medicaid if they qualify.

“Kentucky has serious problems with long-term health,” Brown said. “This will make a big difference in this state.”


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