Democratic Senate front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes has portrayed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as being a chief Republican obstructionist as the rivals shared the spotlight at Kentucky's premier political event.
Grimes, Kentucky's 34-year-old Secretary of State, accused McConnell of being a part of the "disease of dysfunction" in Washington, and blocking legislation just to spite the White House.
"If doctors told Senator McConnell he had a kidney stone, he'd refuse to pass it," said Grimes.
McConnell touted his Senate leadership and ignored Grimes, aiming his criticism at President Barack Obama. Both candidates in next year's Senate race spoke at the Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday in western Kentucky.
McConnell told a raucous crowd that Obama's health-care law is a "disaster", and said he will focus his campaign on the damage the President's policies are having in the Bluegrass State.
“The liberals are worried because, just as I predicted, Obamacare is a disaster for America," said McConnell. "I fought them every step of the way on their government takeover and we stand up to their war on coal. As long as I am in the Senate, Kentucky will have a voice instead of San Francisco and Martha’s Vineyard.”
McConnell is also facing a GOP primary challenge by Louisville businessman and tea party activist Matt Bevin.
Bevin, also speaking Saturday at Fancy Farm, delivered a warning to McConnell that conservatives in the state are upset with his previous votes in favor of the Wall Street bailout and the Patriot Act.
“Let me tell you something senator: Ask not for whom the bell tolls, senator, they toll for you. Because the people of Kentucky have had enough,” Bevin told the crowd.
The stump speeches at the annual Fancy Farm event are a Kentucky political staple.