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McCONNELL, THE

>>> ALL RIGHT.

THE KEY SENATE RACE FOR

KENTUCKY, DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER

AMY McGRATH RAISED $17.4 MILLION

IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

ANOTHER SIGN OF THE PARTYS

MOMENTUM AS SHE TAKES ON

MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL

IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION.

AND AMY JOINS US NOW.

WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW, AMY

McGRATH.

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE ON WAS

EXACTLY A YEAR AGO.

YOU WERE JUST ROLLING OUT YOUR

FIRST AD.

SO, WOW, CONGRATULATIONS, HERE

YOU ARE.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OVER THE

PAST YEAR?

>> WELL, THE PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY

ARE REALLY READY FOR A CHANGE.

YOU KNOW, THE CORONAVIRUS HAS

HIT US HARD JUST LIKE EVERYWHERE

ELSE AROUND THIS COUNTRY AND

PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF A SENATOR

THAT HAS BEEN IN WASHINGTON FOR

35 YEARS AND HAS NOT PUT THE

INTERESTS OF KENTUCKY AND ITS

RESIDENTS AHEAD OF THE INTEREST

OF HIS SPECIAL INTEREST AND BIG

MONEY FRIENDS AND THEY ARE

CALLING AND DEMANDING CHANGE.

I THINK THATS WHAT YOU SAW IN

THE PRIMARY WITH THE ENORMOUS

TURNOUT, AND ITS EXCITING.

>> WHAT DATA, WHAT INFORMATION

HAS YOUR CAMPAIGN PICKED UP

TANGIBLE TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A

CHANCE TO BEAT MITCH McCONNELL

WHO HAS BEEN THERE FOR OVER 30

YEARS, THAT PEOPLE REALLY ARE

READY FOR A CHANGE AND THEY WILL

MAKE THAT CHANGE?

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OR WHAT

HAS YOUR CAMPAIGN FOUND OUT

ABOUT THE VOTERS IN THE STATE OF

KENTUCKY THAT WOULD MAKE YOU

BELIEVE THAT THEY WOULD UNSEAT

HIM FOR YOU?

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, THE

PRIMARY THAT JUST HAPPENED WE

HAD ENORMOUS TURNOUT, MORE THAN

IN DECADES.

AND FOLKS ARE REALLY READY TO

GET RID OF HIM.

I THINK NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO,

WHETHER ITS LOUISVILLE OR

EASTERN KENTUCKY, FOLKS ARE

HURTING.

AND THEY ARE TIRED OF A MAN WHO

CONTINUALLY PRIORITIZES THINGS

LIKE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST

1% AND BIG CORPORATIONS.

KENTUCKY HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS.

BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS.

WE HAD THE HIGHEST CANCER RATES

IN THE COUNTRY, SOME OF THE

HIGHEST RATES OF DIABETES.

AND FOLKS HERE ARE TIRED.

THEY WANT SOMEBODY WITH COMMON

SENSE SOLUTIONS, SOMEBODY WHOS

NOT GOING TO GO TO WASHINGTON

AND LOOK AT THE INTEREST OF

THEIR POLITICAL PARTY AND

PERSONAL POWER.

THATS MY MESSAGE IS, LETS GET

A LEADER THATS GOING TO GET

REALLY PUT KENTUCKY FIRST AND

SOMEBODY THATS GOING TO DO

WHATS RIGHT FOR KENTUCKY NO

MATTER WHO WEARS A RED OR BLUE

JERSEY IN THE WHITE HOUSE,

THATS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT

MITCH McCONNELL IS ALL ABOUT.

>> AMY, ITS WILLIE GEIST, GOOD

TO HAVE YOU ON THIS MORNING.

LETS TALK ABOUT SCHOOLS.

I KNOW YOU HAVE CHILDREN.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES SAYING AGAIN YESTERDAY WE

HAVE TO OPEN OUR SCHOOLS,

TALKING ABOUT A BLANKET NATIONAL

POLICY.

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A STATE BY

STATE, COUNTY BY COUNTY, SCHOOL

DISTRICT BY SCHOOL DISTRICT,

SCHOOL BY SCHOOL DECISION THAT

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO

MAKE.

WHAT IS YOUR VIEW, AS I KNOW

KENTUCKY IS COMING UP IN A FEW

WEEKS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT IS SAFE

FOR SCHOOLS TO OPEN IN THE STATE

OF KENTUCKY RIGHT NOW?

>> AS A PARENT, WE ALL WANT, I

THINK, OUR CHILDREN TO GO BACK

TO SCHOOL IF WE CAN.

THATS THE PROBLEM.

WERE IN A PCHLDANDEMIC RIGHT NO

WE WANT SCHOOLS TO BE SAFE.

WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE OUR KIDS

AND TEACHERS, MAKE SURE THEY

HAVE THE PROPER PROTECTIVE

EQUIPMENT.

LOOK AT EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE

AND WHERE THEYRE AT WITH THIS

PANDEMIC, AND MAKE THE DECISION

IN ACCORDANCE WITH PUBLIC

HEALTH.

THATS SO IMPORTANT.

THE OTHER THING THATS IMPORTANT

IS WE HAVE TO HAVE THE RESOURCES

TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

IN THE HEROES ACT THAT WAS

PASSED THAT MITCH McCONNELL IS

BASICALLY SITTING ON, THERES A

BILLION DOLLARS FOR KENTUCKY

SCHOOLS THAT HES SITTING ON.

HE DOESNT PRIORITIZE FUNDING

FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

THATS OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THATS OUR TEACHER.

THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO BE

REQUIRED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

SAFELY.

AND HE HASNT PRIORITIZED THAT.

ITS A REAL PROBLEM.

SO WE HAVE TO TACKLE THESE

THINGS.

>> SO HOW HAS THE GOVERNOR DONE

IN YOUR STATE HANDLING THIS

COVID CRISIS?

THIS IS -- THE SCHOOL DECISION

IS NOT INDEPENDENT OF THE PUBLIC

HEALTH DECISION, SO WHERE IS

KENTUCKY RIGHT NOW?

IF YOU HAD TO OPEN SCHOOLS IN

TWO OR THREE WEEKS FROM NOW,

WOULD YOU OPEN THEM?

>> I THINK GOVERNOR BASHIR HAS

BEEN A BOLD LEADER AND DONE A

GOOD JOB IN HIS HANDLING OF THE

CORONAVIRUS AND PRIORITIZING

PUBLIC HEALTH OVER THE INTEREST

OF POLITICS AND, YOU KNOW, THE

INTERESTS OF THE ECONOMY.

IN TERMS OF WE ALL WANT TO GET

THE ECONOMY OPEN BUT HE HAS DONE

A GOOD JOB SAYING HEY, WE HAVE

TO DO THIS RIGHT.

I THINK THATS THE SAME ATTITUDE

HE BRINGS TO OPENING SCHOOLS.

WE HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT.

IF WE DO IT, LETS PRIORITIZE

PUBLIC HEALTH, MAKE SURE THE

STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HAVE THE

PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO

GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE WE WANT TO

KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE.

>> MIKE BARNICLE HAS THE NEXT

QUESTION.

MIKE? >> AMY, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL AN

>> AMY, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL AN

UNDECIDED VOTE ERIN KENTUCKY-- V

KENTUCKY THE BIGGEST REASON THAT

MITCH McCONNELL HAD TO BE

DEFEATED, WHAT WOULD THAT REASON

BE?

>> LOOK AROUND, ARE THINGS

GETTING ANY BETTER?

THIS MAN HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR

35 YEARS.

IS YOUR LIFE BETTER THAN IT WAS

SIX YEARS AGO?

HE HAS NO VISION FOR THE FUTURE.

WE HAVE TO HAVE NEW LEADERS.

IF YOU LOOK AT WHATS HAPPENING

IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE

PANDEMIC, 136,000 AMERICANS HAVE

DIED, MORE THAN ALL THE WARS

SINCE WORLD WAR II COMBINED.

IF YOU LOOK AT OUR ECONOMY IN

SHAMALS

SHAMBLES

SHAMBLES, THIS IS A LEADER

THATS GOT TO GO.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN KENTUCKY

BELIEVE THAT.

ITS NOT REALLY A PARTISAN

THING.

BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE A VISION FOR

THE FUTURE THAT PRIORITIZES

THINGS LIKE HEALTH CARE.

YOU HAVE SEEN IT NOW MORE THAN

EVER.

WE HAVE THIS PANDEMIC WHERE YOU

HAVE HEALTH CARE TIED TO YOUR

EMPLOYMENT AND NOW WE HAVE

MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT.

PEOPLE ARE HURTING.

JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO I WAS IN

THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE TALKING TO

FOLKS IN FRANKFURT AND WE HAVE

PEOPLE WHO -- SINGLE MOMS WHO

HAD TO LEAVE THEIR FULL-TIME JOB

BECAUSE THE DAY CARES WERE

CLOSED.

AND SO WHOS GOING TO TAKE CARE

OF THE KIDS?

AND THIS YOUNG MOTHER WAS THERE

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY HER

CHECK HADNT FWOEN THROUGHGONE T

SHES TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE

TABLE.

WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE THIS.

WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC OF EPIC

PROPORTIONS HERE WITHAND WE NEED

LEAD THAT.

WE HAVE TO HAVE GOOD SOLID

LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE.

MITCH McCONNELL HAS OPERATED IN

WASHINGTON D.C. FOR FAR TOO LONG

AND LOOK AT WHERE ITS GOTTEN

US.

>> GENE ROBINSON?

>> AMY, YOUVE RAISED A LOT OF

MONEY, I THINK YOURE RUNNING A

REALLY GOOD CAMPAIGN.

MY QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE YOU

DOING AND WHAT -- AND YOUR

CAMPAIGN AND GOVERNOR BASHIR,

WHAT ARE YOU ALL DOING TO MAKE

SURE THAT ON NOVEMBER 3rd,

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS ARE ABLE TO

VOTE SAFELY, WITHOUT ARTIFICIAL

OBSTACLES THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED

IN SOME OTHER PLACES BUT MOST

IMPORTANTLY THEYRE ABLE TO DO

SO, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO VOTE IS

ABLE TO DO SO SAFELY?

>> WELL, WE LEARNED A LOT OF

LESSONS FROM THE PRIMARY THAT

JUST HAPPENED.

AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE HERE

AND THE GOVERNOR HERE CAME

TOGETHER AND TRIED TO HAVE A

SAFE PRIMARY WHERE PEOPLE COULD

VOTE, LARGELY BY MAIL, WHICH IS

DIFFERENT IN KENTUCKY.

IN KENTUCKY WE DONT HAVE A VOTE

BY MAIL, SO THIS IS ALL NEW.

SO IT REQUIRED A LOT OF VOTER

EDUCATION, WHICH IS WHERE MY

CAMPAIGN CAME IN.

WE SPENT A LOT OF RESOURCES ON

SHOWING PEOPLE HOW THEY COULD

VOTE.

AND GETTING THEM THEIR BALLOTS.

WE HAVE TO DO THAT GOING

FORWARD.

MY HOPE IS THAT THE GOVERNOR AND

SECRETARY OF STATE WILL COME

TOGETHER AND ALLOW AND ENFORCE

AND PUSH MAIL-IN VOTING FOR THE

FALL.

BECAUSE THIS PANDEMIC IS NOT GO

GOING AWAY.

AND HARDLY ANYBODY WHOS A

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL THINKS

SO.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE

CAN VOTE AND WE HAVE TO GET THEM

THEIR BALLOTS AND ITS GOT TO BE

ACCESSIBLE.

WE HAD PROBLEMS IN THE PRIMARY

THAT WE HAVE TO FIX.

WE HAVE TO DO LIKE AN AFTER

ACTION REPORT ON THAT, FIX IT

AND MOVE FORWARD TO NOVEMBER SO

EVERYBODY CAN HAVE THEIR VOICE

HEARD.

>> AMY McGRATH, THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

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