Marine veteran Amy McGrath mounts Democratic bid for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat

Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

And several outside groups have been working to oppose McConnell or entice McGrath to run, including Ditch Mitch, a political action committee dedicated to unseating McConnell, as well as the liberal political action committees VoteVets and End Citizens United. She told him that she wanted to fly fighter jets for the USA and that women should be allowed to do that.

'He never wrote back, ' she said in the video.

At the same time, McGrath's race against Barr was surprisingly close, with the New York Times considering it to be a dead heat shortly before the election and McGrath holding Barr to a much closer margin than his previous Democratic opponent, who had been trounced by 22 points.

In August 2017, Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, made headlines thanks to "Told Me", her stirring congressional campaign ad that quickly went viral on YouTube (watch it below). Jimmy Guess, a coal miner who had to retire after getting black lung disease. "Well, it started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago".

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Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now holds the seat.

In response to the McConnell campaign's video, Mark Nickolas, McGrath's campaign manager, told ABC News, "Before Mitch McConnell uses a hacked up recording to attack Amy, he should explain. why he colluded with Governor Bevin in Kentucky to take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. We can't drain the swamp if the swamp turtle sits on top of the drain". McGrath could also benefit from McConnell's abysmal approval ratings in Kentucky, with a recent Morning Consult poll showing the senator with a 36 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval rating in his home state. He's not able to get it done because of Mitch McConnell, ' she added.

McGrath will have to win the Democratic nomination to have the opportunity to face McConnell. Kirsten Gillibrand had already endorsed McGrath in a tweet.

The Georgetown, Kentucky, resident flew 89 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan during her 20-year tenure in the Marines.

"I've been always somebody who stepped up to the plate when asked, when I felt like my country needed me, and this is one of those times", McGrath said in an interview.

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