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Alison Lundergan Grimes blames Mitch McConnell for 'overburdensome' EPA regulations, lost coal jobs

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Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes began her campaign against incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell by trying to pin the Obama administration's war on coal on him.

"It's on Mitch McConnell's watch, not mine, that we've lost thousands of coal jobs. It's on Mitch McConnell's watch, not mine, that we've gone without the necessary funding to implement clean coal technology. It's on Mitch McConnell's watch, not mine, that overburdensome EPA regulations have been imposed upon the commonwealth of Kentucky," Grimes declared in her victory speech Tuesday after winning the Democratic nomination.

"I don't agree with the President's 'war on coal.' I think its wrong for Kentucky. We can't afford to have six more years of Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C., either," she added, trying to distance herself from the administration's tough energy regulations, which are unpopular in Kentucky.

McConnell, the Senate minority leader, has opposed the regulations, but his objections have been shut down by majority Democrats.

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