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Jobs the focus of latest ads in U.S. Senate race

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You can't miss them. Both sides in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race are flooding the airwaves with advertising, and the latest hot topic in this hot race is jobs.

The Grimes ad is one of a series in which she uses Kentuckians to challenge McConnell.

This time it's an unemployed coal miner.

"Mr. McConnell, in the last two years, we've lost almost half of our coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. Why did you say it's not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?" asked David Stanley of Putney, Ky.

The ad refers to a comment McConnell made to an eastern Kentucky newspaper -  a comment McConnell says was taken out of context. The McConnell campaign accuses Grimes of dishonesty, and says President Obama's energy policies have actually cost coal jobs in Kentucky.

"Where is Alison going to escape the Obama, Reid and Pelosi agenda? It's very tough to do, especially here in Kentucky, where we've lost thousands of coal jobs and thousands of jobs generally," said Nathan Haney, chairman of the Jefferson Co. Republican Party.

Now McConnell is running an ad featuring a Louisville company, Cardinal Aluminum, which credits him with saving jobs.

"We employ over 400 people at Cardinal Aluminum. In the last 10 years, Chinese companies' illegal trade practices were a direct threat to our jobs here. We turned to Sen. Mitch McConnell," said company President and CEO Chip Edwards in the ad.

This ad refers to a fair trade bill backed by McConnell allowing duties, or taxes, on imports from communist countries, including China.

The Grimes campaign calls the ad misleading, and says McConnell has supported tax breaks that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.

"They're trying to create a campaign that drives a wedge between the voter and Sen. McConnell, and paint Sen. McConnell as out-of-touch," said Democratic strategist Bob Gunnell.

While McConnell and Grimes have been on the attack on the airwaves, next weekend - for the second time ever - they'll share the stage.

Both have been confirmed for the annual Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky.

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