In a three-minute video on social media and on the
"Everything that's wrong in
With the announcement, McGrath is shrugging off a three-point loss in her first attempt to obtain political office. She becomes the first major Democrat in 2020 to challenge the architect of
Jones said Tuesday that McGrath's announcement hasn't pushed him out of the race.
"I like Amy and I think she's a terrific person," Jones said. "Her running basically means that to take down the Republican establishment, I'd also have to take down the Democratic establishment. I need to decide if I want to do that."
Senate Minority Leader
The race will be an uphill battle for any Democrat. While McConnell has long had low approval ratings in the state, he's bulldozed his opponents and beat Democrat
McGrath, 44, with her made-for-
McConnell's campaign responded on Twitter with a highlight reel of the attack ads Barr's campaign used against McGrath in 2018. It included clips of her saying she would support single-payer healthcare if the country were starting from scratch, that she supports abortion rights and a clip of her saying she isn't very different from the national Democratic Party.
McGrath launched onto the political scene a little less than two years ago with a similar video, that time standing on a runway while she told her story of accomplishing her childhood dream by becoming the first woman in the
The clip played on repeat in the buildup to the election and the narrative stuck. While McGrath talked about putting country over party and taunted Barr, her campaign refused to run traditional attack ads.
That appears to have changed in the
McConnell, 77, has not backed away from his reputation as the killer of bills in the
In McConnell's own three-minute campaign announcement video in April, he even highlighted one of his most consequential decisions in his time as
The decision has also drawn ire from
In her announcement, McGrath touched on similar issues before ending with a promise to restore civility to politics.
"There is a path to resetting our country's moral compass," McGrath said. "Where each of us is heard and we can become, once again, the moral and economic leader of a world in disarray. But to do that, we have to win this."
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