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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new poll shows U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in a re-election tie with one of his potential Democratic challengers, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The survey was done by a Democratic polling firm, but it may reveal some potential weakness as McConnell cranks up his 2014 campaign.
It's a campaign in which McConnell does not yet have a serious challenger. Grimes says she is still deciding whether to run.
In the meantime, McConnell is busy emphasizing his main theme - opposing President Obama.
"With regard to the U.S. Senate, you didn't ask me about it, but as you all know, I've had a good deal of experience as the Defensive Coordinator. I'd like to have the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator."
McConnell was on the offense at the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, as he went after what he called the "arrogance of power" in the White House, highlighted by the IRS scandal.
"What's going on here is the power of the federal government is being used to come down on those who disagree with Administration policy," he said.
McConnell supplied plenty of red meat for this friendly audience; blasting the Affordable Care Act.
"The single worst piece of legislation that has been passed in modern times."
And criticizing Gov. Beshear for expanding Medicaid.
"I think it was highly irresponsible decision."
Any perceived vulnerability by McConnell was not apparent here. The top elected official says he'll likely win this conservative county, even if there is a Tea Party challenge from the right.
"He's just got the foundation, the strength, to carry it on and win," said Bullitt Co. Judge Executive Melanie Roberts.
McConnell did a Q & A with the audience but not with reporters. He quickly exited without taking questions, his state director finally blocking the hallway.
"We're good. Thanks guys," said Terry Carmack as McConnell was whisked away.
WDRB News asked Carmack about taking questions from supporters in the audience but not from reporters.
"They were good questions from those guys, and you saw what he said from the podium. That's a sense of what Kentuckians here in Bullitt County have on their minds." said Carmack.
Carmack would not respond when asked whether McConnell should face questions from local reporters.
Former Miss America Heather French Henry is also considering the race. And state Tea Party activists say McConnell will get a challenger from the right.