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Grimes, Bevin officially launch campaigns to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Ky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed her paperwork Thursday to enter U.S. Senate race for Mitch McConnell's seat. Ky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed her paperwork Thursday to enter U.S. Senate race for Mitch McConnell's seat.
Matt Bevin is challenging McConnell in May's Republican primary; Bevin is a businessman and tea party favorite. Matt Bevin is challenging McConnell in May's Republican primary; Bevin is a businessman and tea party favorite.
Grimes and Bevin share a common goal: kicking Sen. McConnell out of Washington, D.C. Grimes and Bevin share a common goal: kicking Sen. McConnell out of Washington, D.C.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- While Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes was filing her paperwork at the state Capitol, Republican tea party candidate Matt Bevin was in Louisville laying out his policies.

"I think he's full of bologna. I think he's full of non sense," said Bevin, who is challenging U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary.

That was Bevin's response to a video, which challenged his knowledge of the constitution, that the McConnell campaign released less than an hour before Bevin addressed supporters in Louisville.

"If we want to truly change the failed policies of D.C., it is imperative that we change the self-serving career politicians that haunt the halls of congress," Bevin said.

Bevin says after nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate, McConnell has got to go.

And the woman he hopes to compete with for the seat agrees.

"D.C. stands for our 'Dysfunctional Capitol' and after 28 years it's Senator McConnell at the center of that dysfunction," Grimes said.

Surrounded by governors and lawmakers present and past, the Democratic challenger and Kentucky Secretary of State signed her name on the line and filed her official paperwork.

"I want to thank each and every one of you for helping us in the fight to become Kentucky's next U.S. senator," Grimes said.

Grimes told the crowd that she supports equal pay and raising the federal minimum wage.

"McConnell votes over 15 times against increasing minimum wage and quadrupling his income in the process. Kentuckians deserve better."

Meanwhile, Bevin laid out his top three priorities for Washington. Abolishing Obamacare, getting rid of "crony capitalism" and putting a cap on spending.

"We literally can't afford to keep printing our way out of debt," Bevin said.

Both also expressed their support of the Kentucky coal industry.

Yet neither addresses worries over the other as they focus their energies on McConnell.

Grimes didn't answer our questions about Bevin, and he said he wasn't worried about a December survey by public policy polling that showed over 60 percent of voters are still unsure about him.

And whether it's Bevin or McConnell Grimes faces, that will be up to Republican voters in the May primary. The general election will take place in November.

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