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Mitch McConnell facing 2020 challenge from former fighter pilot

Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell Female Marine fighter pilot challenging Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat
Patty Aguilar | 10 July, 2019, 04:27

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday defended his ancestors who owned more than a dozen slaves around the time of the Civil War by comparing his ancestry and position on reparations to that of former President Barak Obama-the first black president of the United States.

Speaking to Salon past year, McGrath described how she was "hugely disappointed" by McConnell's Senate record.

Now, she's running for US Senate, and the seat she's after is that of current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The video, posted Tuesday morning on McConnell's campaign Twitter account shortly after McGrath announced, also shows her photo next to pictures of Democratic Congressional Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and then next to prominent liberals Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"I've expressed interest. The national Democratic Party has decided that they believe Amy McGrath is the person to run against (McConnell) and I respect that", he said. In a three-minute video announcing her campaign, she says that it was McConnell's flagrant disregard for the needs of his constituents that directly inspired her to run.

However, McConnell also complained about the "procedural roadblocks" that, he said, Democrats in Congress were placing in front of Republican legislative efforts.

She challenged Republican Representative Andy Barr in a closely-fought race.

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"I would prefer to focus on the issues that will directly address these problems - and building a consensus to do just that, Obama said". He's not able to get it done because of Sen. She lost despite reportedly raising millions of dollars more than Barr did.

Although McConnell certainly is the favorite to win this race, McGrath should not be underestimated.

She featured various Kentucky residents, saying they were struggling in the current climate and needed a better Senator.

"I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, "we've paid our debt" and to avoid the much harder work of enforcing our anti-discrimination laws in employment and housing", Obama said in a written response.

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.

'He has been around for 34 years and I think this is different. But that doesn't mean she can't win.

One day after McConnell made the comments in June, a House Judiciary subcommittee held a notable hearing on reparations, the first hearing in more than a decade to consider the controversial topic.

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