Kentucky Republicans Gather, Discuss Issues at Annual Dinner

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "It's exciting anytime members of the Republican Party get together to talk about the things that we've done, the things we've been successful doing, and kind of re-energizing ourselves for the year. I think we're going to have a good year," said Congressman Brett Guthrie, U.S. Representative for Kentucky's second district.

Some well-known political figures gathered at the Knicely Center in Bowling Green Saturday night for the Southern Kentucky Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner.

"The party has grown so much over the years since I was a student here in the 90s, and I love seeing this room filled full of Republicans anxious to take our state and nation back," said James Comer, Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Congressman Guthrie, Commissioner Comer and Rep. Michael Meredith were the featured speakers.

"I'm going to talk about some of the positive accomplishments we've made at the Department of Agriculture in the two years that I've been there, and I'm going to compare that to how some Democrats in office have operated their office. There's much more efficiency coming out of my office, much more transparency," Comer said.

Protecting second-amendment rights, health care issues and the economy were among the many topics discussed.

"It could cost up to a million jobs by raising the minimum wage and why would we do that at a time when we have a tough economy? But we want people who are trying to raise a family on minimum wage or get ahead to have the opportunity to earn more money and that's what I want to focus on," Guthrie said.

The speakers argued a Republican-led House is the way to bring changes the party would like to see.

"I'm going to have to go out and tell the people of the second district why they need to send me back to Washington. I've been in the middle of the fight on the health care bill, and now we're going to put forth a bill this spring to say this is how we should reform our health care system," Guthrie said.

Republicans there said they were happy to celebrate recent success while hoping for more as election year continues.

The primary election in Kentucky is May 20th.

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