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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell today made his first public comments about his biggest rival for re-election.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes entered the senate race on Monday, and the McConnell campaign has wasted no time going on the offensive.
McConnell's early strategy is clear: emphasize Grime's lack of experience and try to tie her to President Obama.
"Well, I think all of you know I love a good campaign, and I think we'll have one," said McConnell.
The senator was in town to help break ground on a new park in Southeast Louisville. But it's clear he does not believe the campaign against Grimes will be a walk in the park.
His strategy--to try and tie Grimes to a president who is unpopular in Kentucky.
"My opponent, of course, will support the agenda of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. She may try to claim otherwise during the campaign but we all know how that works. She'll be on board with the effort to implement Obamacare and the war on coal," said McConnell.
McConnell called Grimes "a rookie." And his campaign has already released a video mocking what some are perceiving as an amateurish kickoff to Grimes' campaign.
But former Miss America Heather French Henry, who flirted with a run herself, believes Grimes will be just fine.
"I think Alison is a very intelligent young woman. I think she'll be an excellent candidate. I think Mitch McConnell is a formidable candidate, obviously, with a lot of experience. He'll have a treasure trove, certainly. And I think it will be an interesting race to watch," said Henry.
And Kentucky's only Democratic member of Congress says Grimes is starting in a strong position.
"There's a poll not too long ago that came out that showed she's in a tie with Mitch McConnell 45-45. That's a great place to begin a campaign," said 3rd Dist. Rep. John Yarmuth.
But McConnell believes the best position is the one he has as Senate Minority Leader.
"Do we really want to lose the influence that's been acquired over the years? I don't think Kentuckians want to go back to the back bench when they have a seat on the front row," he said.
On her Twitter account, actress Ashley Judd says she is thrilled for the people of Kentucky, and is ready to fight beside Grimes. Judd seriously considered the race herself before bowing out in March.
Grimes latest Tweet says to look for her official filing and campaign rollout in the coming days.