The senator is seeking his sixth term in one of the nation's most watched races against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Supporting the coal industry is a part McConnell's platform. However recent campaign ads have focused on his wife and former labor secretary Elaine Chao's affiliation with a board that opposes it. Choa has been a member of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Board since 2012.
"With regard to the board that she's on," said McConnell, "the coal industry said that they didn't have any problem with it. She didn't approve of any of their anti-coal activities.The people digging coal say it's not relevant or important to them, and they know who the biggest defender of of coal is in Kentucky. It's Mitch McConnell."
McConnell was also making the case for his disdain for the Affordable Care Act. He spoke with employees at Owensboro Health earlier this afternoon.
Senator McConnell criticized the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and suggested ways the health care industry can be improved.
"I think the best way to shape up the health insurance industry," said McConnell, "would be to have more competition, not less, which is what I suggested. A different route would've been to tear the walls down and let them all fight for business. That has a tendency to drive prices down and keep quality up."
Senator McConnell also accepted an award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for his support in finding research to treat it.
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