Mitch McConnell getting a jumpstart on his re-election campaign
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The Team Mitch signs and logos are up in this campaign office on Bishop Lane.
The office is opening earlier than ever before, to prepare for when Senator Mitch McConnell comes up for re-election next year.
"That's why we're up and running this far in advance. We've had demonstrators in our front yard here already in Louisville this year," says Senator McConnell.
Kentucky's senior U.S. Senator plans to fight to keep his job.
"There's only one race in 2014 that has any national significance. Just one, and it's this one," McConnell says.
He wouldn't comment on Saturday on speculation or reports on the possibility that Kentucky actress Ashley Judd may run against him.
"I'm not gonna start handicapping who might be my opponent. I have no earthly idea. What I do think is that the National Democratic party is gonna make sure I have one," says Senator Mitch McConnell.
Last year, McConnell hired the campaign manager who also ran both Ron and Rand Paul's campaigns, both Tea-party supporters.
"We're gonna be the best in field, we're gonna be the best in grassroots and we're gonna have the best people. There's no question about that," says Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign manager.
Some have questioned if he's sending a signal.
It is clear however, that Senator McConnell is gearing up for what could be a heated 2014 campaign against the Democratic party.
"I welcome these guys. If they want to fight, we're ready," says Senator Mitch McConnell.
So far, no other Republicans have filed to run against McConnell.
On Saturday Mitch McConnell also spoke out on the nomination of fellow Republican Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.
He said he wasn't sure whether there will be a Republican filibuster against Hagel.
"Senator Hagel did not do a very good job before the Arms Services Committee this week. I think the opposition to him has intensified, whether that means he'll have to achieve 60 votes or 51 is not clear yet," says McConnell.
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