The Chatter: McConnell being hit by Democrats on secret recording plus Romney coming to Kentucky

08/27/2014 11:32 AM

A recording of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talking strategy and policy with a group of wealthy conservatives has Democrats claiming the remarks prove the senator is only looking out for millionaires and billionaires and not the needs of Kentucky families.

In an article from The Nation , a recording of McConnell speaking at a conservative strategy conference hosted by the Koch Brothers on June 15 about issues like the minimum wage, unemployment insurance and other topics.

According to the recording, McConnell tells the group about what he believes his chamber is doing wrong and how he would like to see policies of the Obama administration stopped. McConnell expressed similar ideas in an interview with Politico about how he would run the Senate if Republicans take control of the chamber in November.

“We’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. All we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage (inaudible)—cost the country 500,000 new jobs, extending unemployment,” McConnell said at the meeting. “The student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse. These people believe in all the wrong things.”

In a release about the recording, the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said that the closed door meeting shows that McConnell will stand with the big money bankers “no matter the cost to Kentuckians and this nation.”

“Kentuckians who are struggling with unemployment, low wages and the soaring costs of higher education are the furthest thing from McConnell’s mind. For the past 30 years, Kentuckians have questioned Mitch McConnell’s priorities, and now we have the hard evidence that his allegiances lie with his millionaire and billionaire donors at the expense of hardworking Kentuckians,” Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said in a statement.

The McConnell campaign made the point on Twitter Wednesday morning that these issues, including other discussed like healthcare and reigning in EPA regulations, are points that could be heard in almost any McConnell speech.

McConnell’s campaign also pointed to a recording of Grimes at a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid where she did not discuss the EPA regulations on the coal industry in her speech after promising she would use the event to talk about the issue.

“In contrast to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ failure to defend Kentucky coal from the EPA behind closed doors with Obama donors, Senator McConnell fights for Kentucky wherever he goes,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.

Mitt Romney coming to Kentucky
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will come to Kentucky to help raise funds for McConnell during the final months of the campaign.

Romney, who easily won the state of Kentucky in the 2012 presidential election, will visit Lexington on Oct. 2 for a McConnell fundraiser hosted by Alliance CEO Joe Craft and former Bush fundraiser Kelly Knight, as first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader .

“Governor Romney wanted to take the country in a different direction than President Obama in 2012, and Senator McConnell is proud to have his support as Kentuckians are given another opportunity to do that this November,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement about the visit.

But the Grimes campaign, on the other hand, said in a statement that the visit again shows that McConnell stands against the middle class.

“How appropriate that Mitch McConnell is bringing Mitt Romney, who brags about being the “pioneer of outsourcing,” to campaign for him in Kentucky. McConnell, who repeatedly votes for tax breaks for companies that ship good Kentucky jobs overseas, shares Romney’s outrageous priorities. McConnell and Romney — a one-two punch that can only further devastate Kentucky’s middle class,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said.

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