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McConnell will have to pivot after likely Kentucky primary win
Reuters ^ | May 19, 201 | Nick Carey

Posted on 05/19/2014 3:24:24 PM PDT by mdittmar

(Reuters) - Facing a challenge from a Tea Party candidate in this year's race to fill his Senate seat, Mitch McConnell has sought to appeal to conservative Republicans by stressing his pro-gun, anti-immigration and anti-abortion stance. He has also attacked Washington earmarks for lawmakers' pet projects.

It appears to have worked. Going into Tuesday's Republican primary in Kentucky, the Senate minority leader is ahead of his opponent, Louisville-based businessman Matt Bevin, by a wide margin, according to opinion polls.

But once victory is secured, McConnell will have to tack back toward the political center ahead of a tight November contest against Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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1 posted on 05/19/2014 3:24:24 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Rooters and their pivots.


2 posted on 05/19/2014 3:28:12 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: mdittmar

Reuters calls the RINO anti-immigration, another lie.

Pravda was not as fake as these liars. At least you knew the press was controlled, these asshats claim neutrality.


3 posted on 05/19/2014 3:30:42 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: mdittmar

Good! I’m not devoted to any particular candidate, and in my mind, the whole thing is to get candidates to commit to certain positions, whether they are new entries or oldies who want to revive their stock.

The important thing is the ideas and the principles, and not the personalities. If McConnell will really commit to these principles, that’s wonderful - and maybe he actually did rethink some of his positions. We shouldn’t attribute malice to all of them, just establishmentarianism or Beltwayism or whatever. But all of their feet have to be held to the fire.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 3:30:50 PM PDT by livius
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To: mdittmar
Political center my @$$. Hard left is more like it.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/19/2014 3:31:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mdittmar
... anti-immigration ... stance ....

Reuters, eh? How much should I bet that this man has never voiced any opposition to immigration in his life, but that he has opposed citizenship for illegal aliens?

6 posted on 05/19/2014 3:31:56 PM PDT by RonF
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To: livius
But all of their feet have to be held to the fire.

That's great theory. It doesn't work in practice, or Senator Cornyn wouldn't have been the critical vote supporting Reid's cloture vote on the removal of the debt limit.

'Holding their feet to the fire' is a fool's mission. And anyone voting for a liberal republican hoping to 'hold their feet to the fire' is a liberal. Vote for a liberal and you are a liberal.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/19/2014 3:34:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mdittmar
Facing a challenge from a Tea Party candidate in this year's race to fill his Senate seat, Mitch McConnell has sought to appeal to conservative Republicans by stressing his pro-gun, anti-immigration and anti-abortion stance,

Yeah Mitchy baby, but you still can not hide behind your RINO voting record, and capitulation to the socialist powers ruining this country right now.

You may win your seat, but there are many in your state that are screaming a message that you better listen to.

8 posted on 05/19/2014 3:34:58 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957
If he wins his seat, he doesn't have to listen. The 'lesser evil' voters will have supported yet another liberal republican, and he can continue on his liberal way.

If the seat winds up going to the other liberal in the general election, I won't shed a tear.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/19/2014 3:39:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Luke21
Kentuckians in general are fed up with McConnell's busllshit and he will likely get beat by the liberal Dem Grimes in November.

The GOPe money in Kentucky and nationally just couldn't let the old turd go so they joined forces to campaign with lies and slandering a good alternative, Matt Bevin. Even Sen Rand Paul stood by his ole buddy McConnell. For some time the polls indicate Bevin would beat Grimes. The same polls have McConnell losing to Grimes in November. F' McConnell and all the GOPe! McConnell represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. They would rather lose the seat than have a Tea Party type conservative win.

10 posted on 05/19/2014 3:40:21 PM PDT by suijuris
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To: RonF
"They would rather lose the seat than have a Tea Party type conservative win."

But Reuters says "according to opinion polls"

11 posted on 05/19/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

NO, unless he’s saying that McConnell lied: Shocker!

In that case it’s time to pull back out the old tradition of “burning in effigy”!


12 posted on 05/19/2014 3:44:11 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: mdittmar

You can always count on Mitch to be the pivot man.

Hopefully no matter what happens, Mitch is not leading anything other than Karl Rove’s fan club in January.


13 posted on 05/19/2014 3:47:30 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: livius

Once he pivots, all his promises made to defeat the Conservative will be history. We cannot scare them straight. The corruption is too deep.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 3:49:02 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: mdittmar

Mitch McConnell declared war on the TEA Party and used his power as Minority leader and within the GOP to defund candidates and attack groups that supported TEA party candidates.

Where did this “appeal to the right”??


15 posted on 05/19/2014 3:49:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: suijuris

Apparently they are too damn lazy to do the job in the primaries, or they are just idiots. RINO money can’t make these people vote for him. They have to want to do it.


16 posted on 05/19/2014 3:49:17 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: mdittmar

Im sure the 97% of working class whites and blacks in Kentucky want Mitch to pass amnesty.


17 posted on 05/19/2014 3:50:48 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Kentucky is 2 or 3% Hispanic. Grimes could have hit Mitch or Rand on immigration but she just sticks to the party line. Left Wing Mime.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 3:51:54 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: GeronL

Exactly. Mitch is directing more money against Republicans than for them. So why should any conservative vote for him?

I want that explained to me. It’s like telling a battere wife that she ought to go back to the abuser because nobody else wants her. Screw him.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: GeronL
There's plenty of freepers here that call me an evil idiot for not voting for their liberal candidate, and then expect me to vote for their next liberal candidate.

Not much of a sales technique, I'll have to say....

/johnny

20 posted on 05/19/2014 3:54:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Bogey78O
It's the 'where else are they going to go?' syndrome. Which worked great for lots of years, but at some point, some of us say: "Screw this" and quit voting for their liberal candidates.

/johnny

21 posted on 05/19/2014 3:56:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mdittmar

I cannot sufficiently express in words how frustrating it is to see voters buying the same campaign lies and misrepresentations and then sending the same politicians that have wrecked this country back to do more damage. Insanity reigns supreme. May God bless America even if she doesn’t deserve it.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 4:04:12 PM PDT by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: mdittmar

Please Matt Bevin win...you’ll be a great senator unlike Mitch.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 4:39:39 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: lakecumberlandvet; All
every candidate; I vote for tomorrow, shall be conservative in thought and deed.
i shall not vote for Mitch, "Rustler" Reid's *itch, I even vote for 'Rat Grimes in Nov.

24 posted on 05/19/2014 4:45:18 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Bevin needs to pull a Lisa Murkowski if he loses the primary


25 posted on 05/19/2014 4:59:55 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: JRandomFreeper

bump


26 posted on 05/19/2014 5:52:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mdittmar

kabuki duki, bitch m.


27 posted on 05/19/2014 6:00:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mdittmar

For this cynically duplicitous man to be re-elected again is a singularity of shame from which no light can escape.


28 posted on 05/19/2014 6:24:14 PM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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