Full Victory Speech by Mitch McConnell

by John Gregory | 05/21/14 12:30 PM

Incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell addressed his supporters in Louisville last night following his victory over businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat.

Sen. Mitch McConnell takes the stage, saying the powers-that-be in Washington have treated Kentuckians with contempt for five and half years. He says he spoke with his Republican opponent Matt Bevin and congratulated him on a hard-fought campaign. He credits Bevin for making him a stronger candidate, and urges Bevin supporters to join the McConnell campaign.

He acknowledges his wife's journey from an immigrant who didn't speak English to being the only Kentucky woman to ever serve in a presidential cabinet. He says she's an American success story and an inspiration. McConnell also gives credit to his mother. During his childhood battle with polio, he says his mother responded with tenacity, determination, and patience to give him a normal childhood. "I've tried to bring that same determination and tenacity to every cause I've taken up on behalf of the people of this state, whether it was fighting for folks who'd been exposed to radiation at the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah or doing battle with left-wing extremists who want to destroy our coal industry…"

"I fight for good Kentucky jobs every single day, I fight for policies that will make us more competitive… And every day I fight against policies that make life harder for the people of Kentucky. Then, there's my opponent. My opponent is in this race because Barack Obama and Harry Reid want her in this race. There's a reason…every Hollywood liberal is sending her a check. It's not because they care about Kentucky, I can assure you of that. It's because they know as well as we do that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between a candidate who puts Harry Reid in charge and Harry Reid himself. A vote for my opponent is a vote for a guy who says coal makes us sick… A vote for my opponent is a vote for Obamacare and a president who sold it to us on a mountain of lies. And that's why this race isn't about one party against another. It's about a government that thinks it can lie to its own citizens and get away with it. It is about holding the people who've done this accountable."

McConnell tells a story about a mother of five girls in Owensboro who lost her doctor and saw her health insurance premium triple, allegedly because of Obamacare. He says she and many others have gotten a raw deal.

"The American people have had enough… Barack Obama's allies have one goal this year… to cling to their power. They've made an art form of picking candidates who pose no threat to that power whatsoever. This is how Obamacare became law. Every single candidate that Barack Obama and Harry Reid helped select to send to the Senate fell right in line to pass a bill the American people didn't want. And if you look at my Democratic opponent this year, it's clear she'd be no different."

"[Grimes] is a partisan's partisan, who's been practicing party politics since she learned to talk. I mean let's be honest. Anybody that learned politics at the school of Jerry Lundergan will not be a model of bipartisanship… Alison Lundergan Grimes is Barack Obama's candidate… Kentucky cannot afford to empower the people who've been waging a war on jobs in this state for five-and-a-half years. So tonight I ask every voter in this state to help us win this race and put Kentucky first. The people who hand-picked my opponent are not on your side. They don't care a whit about Kentucky."

The senator relates a story about the Obama Administration favoring an endangered minnow over raising the water level in Lake Cumberland, which he says would have cost Kentucky jobs and tourism revenues. "This is the only time I know of that somebody has tried to save a fish from too much water. I fought back and we won. And I'll keep fighting this and every other attempt by the Obama crowd to tell Kentuckians how to run their lives. Send me back to Washington and Kentuckians will have a champion in the capital. And if the American people give Republicans the majority in the Senate, you'll be proud of the United States Senate once again. I'll never say one thing and do another. I will restore the Senate as a place of high purpose. I will carry out my office with dignity and respect for the people of this state and this country…"

"How do we get America back on track? We can take the reins of power away from Harry Reid and make this president accountable. Make me the majority leader and Kentucky will lead America. Put this son of the Commonwealth in charge of the Senate and I will take this crowd to task. I will do everything I can to repeal and replace Obamacare. I will keep the liberal judges who are rewriting our laws from filling up our courts. I will hold the bureaucrats who are waging war on our people and our way of life to account. And Kentucky, my friends, will lead America…"

"I don't care what party you're in, it doesn't make any difference, I'm asking you to join me in this effort. And when the pundits and historians look back on the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency and they try to explain how an administration that started out so extreme was finally made to listen and to do the people's will, they'll say it started right here in Kentucky…"

See video of statements by Bevin and from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Read a recap of election night speeches from KET’s Election Coverage.