Amy McGrath launches 2020 bid to take down Mitch McConnell

Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

McConnell struck back quickly in a Twitter message that presaged what a race between him and McGrath would look like.

"I'm running for Senate, because it shouldn't be like this", she added. She emerged as an unlikely fundraising juggernaut in her congressional race, bringing in millions of dollars after her campaign released a biographical video that went viral, and becoming a Democratic celebrity in the process.

She ran up comfortable margins in the heavily Democratic Lexington area, but Barr was able to win overwhelmingly in rural areas.

McConnell's campaign hit back with a video of its own, slamming McGrath for her support of abortion, her criticism of Trump's wall, and her support for universal health care.

"Everything that's wrong with Washington had to start somewhere-it started with him", McGrath said in a Tuesday morning tweet.

McGrath briefly shared this story in the video launching her 2018 House campaign, too, but this announcement video also highlights other constituents who wrote to McConnell a letter and said they heard nothing back.

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McConnell's reelection campaign painted McGrath as a liberal out of touch with voters.

"You know, I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama", McConnell said.

But her attacks on McConnell and his record carry risks because Trump remains highly popular in Kentucky, and McConnell has pushed through much of the president's agenda and, perhaps more importantly, his nominees to federal courts, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. And that's not to mention the wealth that enslaved blacks produced for white families-families, it turns out, like Mitch McConnell's. "There hasn't been in years, and I don't anticipate there will be next year".

McGrath, a staunch military advocate with the campaign slogan "anti-corruption, anti-obstruction, anti-BS", narrowly lost a House race in the state in 2018.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responds to a question from the news media after walking off the Senate floor in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, June 20, 2019. "I mean, I think there's a pattern when he wasn't in the leadership, when he was in the minority, of obstructing in our country and just basically doing things that hurt people in our country for purely political reasons".

He's expected to argue during the upcoming campaign that he can use that power to benefit Kentucky.

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