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Mitch McConnell’s Democratic challenger slams President Obama while announcing campaign

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky., didn’t make it out of the press conference announcing her decision to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., without having to run away from President Obama and his signature policy achievement, Obamacare.

“Regardless of the vote that is issued in this race, we cannot change who our president is but we can change who we have in Washington representing Kentuckians,” Grimes replied when asked her view on the Affordable Care Act. That was the second and final question Grimes took, having explained beforehand that she wouldn’t answer many questions at the event.

During her opening statement, Grimes mentioned only one other policy item: increasing the minimum wage. “Kentucky is tired of someone who has voted against raising the minimum wage while, all the while, quadrupling his net worth,” she said.

Republicans responded, not by attacking Grimes on Obamacare, but tying her to Obama’s climate change policy.

“Just last year, Alison Lundergan Grimes stood proudly at the Democratic National Convention to nominate Barack Obama, who has followed through on his promise to destroy the coal industry; in essence declared a war on the state of Kentucky and the middle class families who call it home,” National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Executive Director Rob Collins said in a statement.

“Kentuckians have absolutely no reason to send Alison Lundergan Grimes to Washington to help pass the policies of a President whom they adamantly oppose and to elect a liberal Senate Leader who declared, ‘coal makes us sick,’” Collins said.

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