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Sen. Mitch McConnell sits down for exclusive interview with WDRB

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's senior U.S. Senator says it's going to be the biggest issue of the 2014 campaign.

In an interview you'll only see on WDRB, Mitch McConnell sat down with Lawrence Smith to talk about the Affordable Care Act, and the fight to keep his job.

We start with why he thinks Obamacare will be the one issue that drives the 2014 election.

"Everything's kicking in. The medical device taxes are kicking in. The health insurance premium taxes are kicking in a year from now. People are losing jobs. Premiums are going up. All the things we predicted were going to happen are happening, and I think Obamacare may be the biggest issue in the 2014 election," said McConnell.

But despite McConnell's prediction, the biggest issue of his re-election campaign may be McConnell himself. He is running for his sixth term and serves as the Senate Minority Leader.

Whether it's actress Ashley Judd or someone else, he knows the Democrats are gunning for him.

"This year, for example, we've already had demonstrators in our front yard here in Louisville. I'm going to get a lot of attention, and I'll have, in the end, a real opponent. In the meantime, I'm going to let the Democrats sort out who that might be."

McConnell has become a national figure. But why should Kentuckians send him back to Washington?

"For a fairly small state like ours to have someone who is a major player in the country is an enormous advantage to Kentucky because every time I'm in a negotiation, I always try to look for the things that I think will have the most adverse impact on us," McConnell said.

Same-sex marriage could also be a big issue, as the Supreme Court this week considers two important cases.

"It's been, certainly, a big discussion for the last 10 years. Some members have changed their opinions. My opinion remains that the traditional definition of marriage is between one man and one woman. Whether the court decides to nationalize the discussion or to leave it up to various states, I think we'll begin to find out after the Supreme Court decision."

McConnell has already run his first campaign ad, responding to an attack against McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

"We're used to these kinds of things from the far left and expect we'll get more of it."

"Do you think it will be a nasty campaign?"

"It's certainly not getting off to a great start."

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