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Protesters demand jobs, not budget cuts from Sen. McConnell

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB/AP) -- It's a strong message to Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, as local residents gathered outside Senator McConnell's office today fighting for jobs rather than budget cuts.

Keith Rouda of MoveOn.org said, "We need to focus on job creation and put deficit reduction on the back burner and deal with it once we have a stronger economy."

Officials with Move On.org say the recent debt deal signed in Washington is not what the country needs.  They say it forces deep cuts to programs that are important to the middle class while asking for nothing from big corporations and millionaires.

The group then brought their message to the Office of Employment at 6th and Cedar.

They're also delivering Senator McConnell a new Contract for the American Dream -- a plan written by more than 125,000 Americans to create jobs rather than destroy them.

McConnell, who helped to broker the debt ceiling compromise approved just over a week ago, has been telling constituents that the deal could lead to "significant entitlement reform" to help rein in federal spending and to make changes that will be necessary to preserve Medicare and Social Security.

"Anyone who tells you we don't need to do anything with entitlements is not telling you the truth," McConnell said on Wednesday. "They are clearly on an unsustainable path."

On Thursday's McConnell's office released a statement in response to the protest.  It said in part, "(l)iberal activist groups like MoveOn.org know how to create good street theatre but judging by their lock-step support of the Obama agenda it appears they don't have the foggiest clue what creates a job."

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