McConnell, Paul Campaign in Western Kentucky Coal Counties

GREENVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky continued his campaign message in a different part of the state Wednesday.

"Make me the Majority Leader of a new senate to go in a different direction," said Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Junior Senator and Bowling Green resident Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky joined him on a couple of stops today including one in Muhlenberg County.

"I think it shows really for Kentucky that we're a 1-2 punch in many ways. I've been able to give a voice to a lot of issues and he's been able to use the legislative power to get things into legislation, but it will be a lot easier if he's majority leader," said Sen. Rand Paul.

In a heavily democratic county where coal is important, the two criticized President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada for being against coal.

"It is a tough county for a republican running in any office, but look this is a different kind of year. There is a high degree of antipathy to the Obama administration. People are really upset about the war on coal," said McConnell.

Recently, McConnell's wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, has come into the spotlight.

"Attacks on my wife are not new. We're used to them. It's not going to work in our state and honestly, if they want to start talking about family members, if my dad was Jerry Lundergan I'd think I'd think twice about it," said McConnell.

McConnell also defended his wife's position on the Bloomberg Philanthropies board which has given millions of dollars to an anti-coal group.

"She's pro-coal. She's in the same place as I am on the NRA. It's a big charitable board. It's also got Jeb Bush on it. Do you think he's a democratic sympathizer? It's a big charitable board. She's not going to resign. They do a lot of good things. They do some things she does not approve of, and she doesn't approve of their efforts in the coal industry," said McConnell.

It's clear coal will continue to be a top issue in this race.

McConnell and Paul also campaigned in Ohio and Hopkins counties Wednesday.

McConnell will be in Bowling Green tomorrow at a forum at Eastwood Baptist Church.

We are told Alison Lundergan Grimes was invited to the forum, but is not attending.

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