McGrath criticized McConnell for failing to strike a deal with congressional Democrats for a new coronavirus relief package, which she said is needed in Kentucky, and accused him of "playing these very partisan, political games" in the midst of this crisis. ", McGrath offered this perspective: "Well, I'm Catholic and I'm the mother of three small children, and this issue has been an important issue to me my whole life. While Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans were ready to deliver economic stimulus, Senate Democrats stalled the passage of the relief packages for the sake of their own partisan agenda. ", Election week? "We're still fighting the battle. McGrath was among a group of women to fly the first combat missions for the Marine Corps, as well as one of the first female pilots of an F/A-18 on a combat mission. "I think they don't want a solution prior to the election. McGrath has taken extreme stances on the issue of abortion, refusing say when abortion should be deemed illegal. Leader McConnell's reelection is rated "likely Republican" by Cook Political Report. Amy McGrath on Social Security; Senators. McGrath previously said that court packing was “definitely an option” if Democrats take the majority in the Senate come November. Moving the conversation from COVID-19, Bryant read a question submitted by a University of Kentucky student asking if confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be happening less than a month before an election. ", McConnell noted Senate Democrats blocked a GOP bill to institute police reforms and suggested it shows how Democrats in Congress have "been slow-walking everything that comes up." FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath made a campaign stop in Floyd County Saturday, dropping by Archer Park to … Both the Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics rate the race as “likely Republican.”, Facebook and Twitter Censor NY Post's New Story About Hunter Biden On Their Platforms, LIVE: Chairman Graham Pushes Back at Judiciary Dems Who Accused ACB of Not Being Candid, Townhall.com is the leading source for conservative news and political commentary and analysis. "Look, the question is: Who can be effective for Kentucky?" ), McGrath had a rebuttal to that: "You're hearing it all night long: More excuses... He’s the Senate majority leader, and he still can’t get it done.". (McGrath previously has said she's open to considering adding seats to the court. The Washington swamp- he built it. "That's more Americans dead than World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. “Nobody should be voting on a Supreme Court nominee right now,” McGrath said, and suggested Congress should focus instead on passing another coronavirus relief package. Facebook and Twitter Censor NY Post's New Story About Hunter Biden On Their Platforms, LIVE: Chairman Graham Pushes Back at Judiciary Dems Who Accused ACB of Not Being Candid, Townhall.com is the leading source for conservative news and political commentary and analysis. ), "That’s not what you’re going to get from me,” McGrath said. McGrath was once asked if a woman in labor, on the way to the hospital, could elect to have an abortion, and still refused to draw a line: “So you think a woman on the way to the hospital to give birth could decide to abort it instead?”. "I give Kentucky an opportunity to punch above its weight on national issues and to bring home things for this state that it would not otherwise get.". Dick Durbin Tells Barrett that She's 'Making History.' Maybe not. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath fired off answers about COVID-19, the Supreme Court, police reform and other issues Monday night during a fast-paced, hour-long debate — the first and likely last one they'll both do before the Nov. 3 election. Reach reporter Morgan Watkins: 502-582-4502; mwatkins@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @morganwatkins26. And I’m the mother of three small children. Cuomo Finally Admits He Wouldn't Have Signed Nursing Home Order...But for a Terrible Reason. I will keep it in Kentucky.". She's been demanding we throw $3 trillion at this problem in a way that is largely, in many respects, unrelated to solving the problem," he said. It's not over yet, but my clout has made a huge difference in providing funds for Kentucky on this big problem," the longtime senator said. "We've been in negotiation with the Speaker. Andy Beshear has said Kentucky was counting on more aid from a new coronavirus relief package. I am somebody who believes the government should not be legislating my religion or my religious belief on others,” she said. (McConnell indicated last week it’s unlikely Congress will approve any kind of COVID-19 relief legislation before the election. ), He also praised Trump's nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as "an absolute legal all-star.". fired off answers about COVID-19, the Supreme Court, police reform, Senators to question Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as the second day of hearings begins, Arizona, Florida and others could give us an early indication of who is winning, McConnell, McGrath each answer 13 important questions ahead of Election Day, Pandemic, politics invade Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, charges that weren't specifically related to Taylor's death. Over a year later, Amy McGrath still doesn't have answers for Kentucky. "Are you better off than you were 36 years ago?". She will transfer all of that to New York. he said. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman police shot and killed in her Louisville apartment in March and whose death has garnered national attention, also came up Monday. Look, we have 213,000 Americans dead in nine months," she said. “I have a plan to get us through this coronavirus so that our schools are opened up safely, so that we get our economy back and stop playing these games.". ), When asked how he'd rate Beshear and President Donald Trump's respective (and quite different) ways of handling the pandemic, McConnell responded: "Well, I think they've both done the best they can with an unknown disease that we were all trying to figure out how to handle.". Dick Durbin Tells Barrett that She's 'Making History.' He Didn't Mean it in a Flattering Way. #KYSen pic.twitter.com/LdyYrRpaW9, After barely winning her primary, McGrath’s bid against Leader McConnell is a long shot. Terms under which this service Both candidates kept hammering on the major points they each wanted to get across to Kentucky voters as they fielded an array of questions from WKYT news anchor Bill Bryant. McGrath’s bid against D.C.'s most powerful Republican lawmaker is a long-shot, to say the least. In an appearance on Fox News, host America’s Newsroom host Sandra Smith gave McGrath the opportunity to detail her legislative plans if elected in November, but the Senate hopeful used the entire segment to attack Leader McConnell’s tenure in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath fired off answers about COVID-19, the Supreme Court, police reform and other issues … “Well I’m Catholic. is provided to you, Biden Calls a Press Lid Following Report That He Lied About Ties to Ukraine Energy Firm, Day 3: Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Leftists Lose Their Minds Over Trump Landing Dueling Town Hall Against Biden, Rioters Trash Portland Restaurant After Antifa 'Reviewers' Target It, But the Black Owner Just Got the Last Word, Interstate Road Rage Ends With Self-Defense Shooting, Sen. Josh Hawley's hypothetical question for Amy Coney Barrett hits Joe Biden HARD, Graham: Judge Barrett is Unashamedly Pro-Life and She's Making History, Pompeo Calls on Saudi Arabia to Normalize Relations With Israel, The Trump Administration Just Brought Home Two More American Hostages, ACB Quickly Corrects Klobuchar's False Statement About Recusal From Any 2020 Election Case, ACB Triggers the Left Over Response to Whether Roe Is Super Precedent, Biden Just Told Seniors a Lie About Trump's Covid Comments. "Some of them are bad, but it’s not appropriate to defund the police or demonize police officers in general," he said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) faced off against Amy McGrath, his Democrat challenger who launched a long-shot bid against Leader McConnell, in a general election debate on Monday night. Copyright © Townhall.com/Salem Media. Neither candidate directly answered that question. McConnell stressed he supports law enforcement officers. #TheKentuckyDebate #KYSen pic.twitter.com/QFJdAGfQIp. (The commonwealth has seen more than 1 million people file for unemployment during the pandemic. Concerning speculation Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., could be overturned by a Supreme Court that includes Barrett, McConnell said he opposes abortion but stressed that there's no way to know how justices would rule on specific issues. I want change.". Democrats are trying to flip the Senate in 2020. This issue has been an important issue to me my whole life. he said. All Rights Reserved. The moderator also asked the pair of candidates about the issue of “court packing,” or expanding the size of the Supreme Court. Team Mitch pointed to McGrath’s reluctance to articulate clear views on legislative issues, which is almost as problematic as her infamous flip-flop on her stance on the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. As the debate wrapped up, the two candidates offered a final statement to Kentuckians. She pointed to a recent poll that shows 32 percent of voters view McGrath as favorable, while her 42 percent view her as unfavorable, but 25 percent of voters felt they “haven’t heard enough” from McGrath. ", Candidate Q&A: McConnell, McGrath each answer 13 important questions ahead of Election Day. Wade. McGrath was greeted by a large crowd of supporters at Williamsburg Square on Saturday. McGrath, infamous for gaffes and flip-flopping on important issues, avoided specifics on a simple question on her support for abortion rights. McConnell and McGrath threaded those talking points throughout Monday's debate, but they also spoke more specifically about particular challenges the country is dealing with right now. Supporters in attendance were hanging on her every word, as she discussed issues … Bryant opened the debate by asking what each candidate believes the federal government should be doing to mitigate the threat of COVID-19.

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