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Grimes, Yarmuth say McConnell would be bad for seniors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Democrats say it's a legitimate concern for seniors while Republicans call it a scare tactic.

Alison Lundergan Grimes played the Social Security card Tuesday in her campaign to unseat Mitch McConnell.

She joined Congressman John Yarmuth at The Puritan apartment complex for senior citizens. They say Mitch McConnell is a threat to Social Security and Medicare.

"He continues to lie to his constituents," said Yarmuth to applause from the crowd of seniors gathered in the room. The pair appeared at a rally sponsored by the liberal activist group Americans United for Change.

Yarmuth and Grimes blasted McConnell for supporting Social Security and Medicare reforms advocated by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

"What we have now is a senator that says privatizing Social Security is a good thing. I don't want to risk my grandmother's retirement with gambling her wages," Grimes told the crowd.

Grimes did not stop to answer questions following the event, but Yarmuth conceded that Ryan's plan would not affect anyone currently on the programs, including the seniors at the rally.

"It would not affect these seniors citizens. It would affect people 55 and younger, that's right," said Yarmuth.

That being the case, we asked Yarmuth why the issue was raised with this group.

"Well, because they understand the issues that affect senior citizens. They have friends who are going to be in that age category, and I think seniors are legitimately concerned about the people who are ten years behind them," said Yarmuth.

The McConnell campaign accused Grimes of using scare tactics, spokesperson Allison Moore said in a statement "When desperate times call for desperate measures, partisan liberals like Alison Lundergan Grimes haul out their long-discredited attempts to scare Kentucky seniors."

It's a sentiment shared by Yarmuth's Republican opponent Michael Macfarlane.

"They do it every time. The scare tactic comes up in the last couple of weeks of every election, particularly if they think they're in trouble. They try to scare seniors, and that's just wrong," said Macfarlane.

However, Yarmuth maintains that Republican plans threaten senior entitlements.

"I think they ought to be scared of that. I think that's a legitimate concern," he said.

On Tuesday, Grimes will get support from a new grandpa when former President Bill Clinton returns to Kentucky for rallies in Owensboro and Paducah.

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