EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMcConnell Picks Up Huckabee Endorsement In Primary Race
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 29, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
Louisville, Jefferson County , Kentucky
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is not far enough to the right for some conservatives.
The five-term Kentucky lawmaker is facing a primary challenger along with a growing lineup of conservative groups. The challenger is Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
Critics argue McConnell is too willing to compromise on spending with President Barack Obama, too eager to bail out Wall Street, and too ready to grant amnesty to immigrants living here illegally.
That's despite the fact McConnell opposed the Senate immigration bill with a path to citizenship in June. He also voted against Obama's nominees to the Pentagon and CIA and to several courts. And McConnell never misses a chance to skewer Obama's health care law.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is endorsing McConnell for re-election.
Huckabee announced the endorsement on Thursday, saying nobody has been more effective than McConnell in opposing President Barack Obama and his allies.
Huckabee said McConnell has stood for conservative principles and for the people of Kentucky. Huckabee said McConnell should be re-elected despite the best efforts of political foes who, he said, will "stop at nothing to take him out."
The winner of the GOP primary will likely face Democratic front-runner Alison Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, in the 2014 general election.
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