McConnell, Grimes Headline Owensboro Political Picnic

By Michael Gossum | 

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WBKO) -- Organizers of the Red, White and Blue picnic in Owensboro compared it to the Fancy Farm Picnic right off the bat.

While the crowds weren't as wild as Fancy Farm, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes certainly got them going.

"I don't know whether to call Sen. McConnell senator no show, senator gridlock or senator shutdown, but what I do know is he's not working for Kentucky. Kentuckians are ready for someone whose vocabulary goes beyond the word no," said democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"You know my opponent is a new face, but a new face for the status quo, a new face to vote for Barack Obama, a new face to make Harry Reid the Majority Leader of the Senate, a new face for no change at all. That's not the direction we want to take here in Kentucky for the next six years," said Sen. Mitch McConnell.

McConnell and Grimes only had about five minutes to speak, but many showed up to support either candidate.

"Her opponent has been in office far too long and he has not resolved all of the problems that still exist in our state. She has a promise to the people of Kentucky and she will do what is possible to take care of the people," said Grimes supporter Beverly Davis.

"I believe a lot of the gridlock that currently exists in the senate is because bills are being blocked by the democrats. So, I want to see an end to that. I think experience counts and I think our country needs to get on a different direction," said McConnell supporter Sonny Clark.

Polls in this match-up show a very close race between Sen. McConnell and Secretary Grimes, while today wasn't a debate, Kentuckians will get a chance to see the two debate in October.

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