U.S. Senate Candidate Grimes Releases Jobs Plan for Kentucky

Jan 17, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the perceived frontrunner in the Democratic race to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says if she's elected to the U.S. Senate, she'll call on President Barack Obama to "do the right thing" and develop an energy plan that includes coal.

Grimes blasted federal regulations she says have inflicted pain in Kentucky's coalfields. She portrayed herself as a defender of coal as Republicans link her to national Democrats they say are anti-coal.

Grimes was in eastern Kentucky Thursday night to unveil her jobs plan for Kentucky.  It includes raising the minimum wage, boosting job training, making child care more affordable and expanding Internet access to rural areas.

She took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he has cast votes that hindered job growth.

McConnell's campaign said the Republican senator is fighting liberal Democrats waging a "war on coal."