Lundergan Grimes Visits Henderson Manufacturing Plant

By Kayla Moody

Published 06/17 2014 09:24PM

Updated 06/17 2014 09:52PM

The steady clanking of manufacturing equipment is a familiar sound at Accuride -- sounds U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to hear more often across the Commonwealth. Grimes visited Accuride's Henderson plant Tuesday afternoon. The current secretary of state will face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the November election. The Democrat toured the Accuride plant and met with workers to hear what they want from a U.S. Senator.

"They're excited first and foremost that they have, not only a Secretary of State, but a United States Senate candidate that wants to meet them where they work and live each and every day. Someone that knows the concerns that they face and, most importantly, someone that wants to make sure our middle class of Kentucky has a fighting chance to actually survive and live the American dream," said Grimes, adding that bringing jobs to Kentucky's middle class is her number one priority.

Grimes talked about her jobs plan and took several blows at her opponent. "After 30 years they're ready for a United States Senator that puts the people of Kentucky, instead of partisan politics, first," said Grimes. "When you have a United States Senator who says it's not his job to bring jobs here to this state, that's a problem."

Earlier this year McConnell was quoted in a newspaper saying it wasn't his job to bring jobs to Kentucky. He later responded to the article, saying his words were taken out of context.

Although Grimes' Western Kentucky visit focused on jobs, she acknowledged the ongoing turmoil in Iraq, making her stance on American involvement clear.

"We need to keep our troops here," said Grimes. "There are obviously concerns that we need to monitor. Security and stability in the Middle East are of importance to us but America, Kentuckians, we are war weary."

Grimes says legislators need to set their sites on the trouble at home, and instead focus on the issues, like jobs, that affect middle class Americans every day.

"This is at the forefront of this race and obviously while there are foreign policy concerns, we are going to keep our eyes focused on making sure the people of Kentucky and United States will finally have a United States Senator fighting for them in Washington, D.C."

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