McConnell Discusses Ag, Health Care and Middle East in Morgantown

By Michael Gossum | 

MORGANTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Fresh off Wednesday's ag related forum, Sen. Mitch McConnell talked about many related farm issues and more in Morgantown.

Among the topics, McConnell discussed the farm bill, and spent a good amount of time talking about industrial hemp and helping its passage on the federal level.

He opened up the floor for questions, and a local doctor who grew up in Syria asked about the current situation in the Middle East.

McConnell thinks a continued military presence after the Iraq war could have helped stopped the situation with ISIS today.

"I don't know whether this ISIS thing would have happened if we'd stayed with some kind of deployment. Remember, that's fairly common, we stayed in Germany, Japan and Korea at the end of those wars. We haven't been in any shooting contests because the presence of American military frequently kind of keeps things tamped down," said McConnell.

In response to other questions related to a different topic, health care, McConnell reminded everyone, he believes the Affordable Health Care Act should be repealed.

"I think it ought to be terminated. It ought to be pulled out root and branch, and we ought to go in a different direction. So, there is a clear distinction between my opponent and myself on what we ought to do on health care. She supports the president's Obamacare plan. I don't," said McConnell.

McConnell and his democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes discussed this very topic Wednesday.

"We need to make sure that we have a senator who realizes the law isn't perfect, but we have to work to fix it," said Alison Lundergan Grimes.

This is just one of many topics the two will continue to discuss throughout the campaign.

McConnell was also in Grayson County Thursday and was going to Daviess County after the Butler County event.

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