Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

Female Marine fighter pilot challenging Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined on Tuesday to predict when the U.S. Congress would act to approve a new U.S. debt ceiling, but said he saw no chance of default on debt payments.

"Everything that's wrong with Washington had to start somewhere-it started with him", McGrath said in a Tuesday morning tweet.

"(McConnell) has bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise, where dysfunction and chaos are political weapons, where budgets and health care and the Supreme Court are held hostage, a place where ideals go to die", McGrath said in the video announcing her candidacy.

McGrath, 44, will nearly certainly be able to raise enough money to mount a serious challenge to McConnell, 77, but she is still a decided underdog in a state that has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992. She lost her race against Rep. Andy Barr, the incumbent for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, but this cycle, she wants to unseat one of the biggest names in politics.

McConnell's reelection campaign painted McGrath as a liberal out of touch with voters. The home page quotes Trump calling McConnell, "a true fighter for Kentucky", and says that along with securing confirmation of conservative judges, the senator "delivered on President Trump's promise to Make America Great Again".

In that race, McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate, foreswore negative attack ads against Barr while he and several outside groups supporting him spent millions of dollars labeling her as "too liberal" for Kentucky.

McGrath and her supporters shrugged off such critiques. And that's not to mention the wealth that enslaved blacks produced for white families-families, it turns out, like Mitch McConnell's. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.

McConnell, 77, won his last re-election bid - in 2014 - with 56 per cent of the vote and Donald Trump carried Kentucky with 63 percent in the last presidential election. Jesse Hunt of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement that McGrath "blew" the largely suburban Kentucky House race "despite spending huge amounts of money". "I look forward to the contest and laying out our differences to the people of Kentucky". "I don't think there's any chance that we'll allow the country to default".

Adkins, who is more conservative than McGrath, told the Lexington Herald Leader that he had been "approached" about a run.

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