McConnell laughs in debate when challenger Amy McGrath slams his COVID stimulus 'dereliction'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath faced each other in their first and perhaps only debate Monday night. McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, criticized McConnell for blocking a new round of economic support for COVID-19, calling it a "breach of duty" and a failure of leadership. McConnell laughed strangely.
McConnell accused Congressional Democrats of blocking another coronavirus bailout despite publicly shooting down the negotiators between House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And the White House. He also noted that he was bringing the bacon home in a way that McGrath couldn't get from the "back seat" of the Senate. "I allow Kentucky to hit over its weight," said McConnell. "My final term of $ 17.5 billion for the Commonwealth that would not have existed had I not been the Senate majority leader."
"I think her entire campaign is, she's a Marine, she's a mother, and I've been there (in the Senate) too long," McConnell said. McGrath didn't disagree: "Senator, you've been there 36 years. How about Kentucky?" McConnell's "one job is to help America pass laws to keep our economy alive so people can make ends meet," she added. "And instead of doing that, he's trying to ram through a Supreme Court candidate instead of negotiating what he should have been doing all summer to make it happen."
McConnell also shot several times at Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), The chairman of the Senate minority - and maybe also at President Trump, who is also from New York.
The debate took place at WKYT's Lexington studio. The station "took a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus," reports The Associated Press. "Kentucky is in the midst of yet another surge in COVID-19 cases."
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