The 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky is heating up, with another candidate announcing this week he will challenge 30 year incumbent senator Mitch McConnell In May's Republican primary.
"We deserve better," said 2014 U.S Senate candidate Matt Bevin.
Just three days into his campaign, Matt Bevin stopped in Bowling Green to deliver that message to his supporters.
Months ago, fellow tea party activist Senator Rand Paul endorsed senator Mitch McConnell, but Bevin says he's not worried.
"The fact of the matter is... He is one vote. The people of Kentucky will decide who their next U.S. Senator is," said Bevin.
Bevin criticized McConnell for his voting record when it comes to raising the debt ceiling the Patriot Act, immigration reform, and the TARP Act bailouts, but that's not all he said Kentuckians are paying the price for.
"I promise you, as your next U.S. Senator, I will never vote to increase my own pay. Never. And anyone who has been in Washington long enough to consider that necessary has been there too long," said Bevin.
One McConnell supporter says he credits Bevin for his efforts but believes McConnell is still the stronger choice.
"It takes a lot of courage to step in and run, and I think the more we talk about the issues, the better. At the end of the day, you have to do what you think is best for the country, and I think at the end of the day, being represented by Senator Paul and Senator McConnell is pretty good," said Warren County Republicans Chair Scott Lasley.
The campaign has already heated up with McConnell releasing an ad attacking Bevin's business' tax bailouts, but one supporter says it's the subject of those attacks people should be complementing.
"I understand the importance of saving our family businesses in Kentucky, and Matt Bevin understands the importance of saving family business. We ought to be talking about that and giving him credit for saving that business and not criticizing him for political gain," said Former Barren County Judge executive and Bevin supporter David Dickerson.
For now, only time will tell how the primary that pits a long standing Republican senator against an up and coming tea party activist will affect the general election results.
It was also announced today that Bevin will be speaking at this year's Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County on August 3.