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With roughly a month left until primary election day, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin was hitting the La Grange pavement hard last week in search of votes.
Bevin, a Republican running against current U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination in May, held several events in the city last Friday.
But he also spent a lot of time shaking hands and talking to voters up and down Main Street in downtown La Grange, mostly in front of Karen’s Book Barn.
Bevin also held events at XRailsX on Main Street and at the La Grange Community Center Friday night.
At those events, Bevin took time to talk about the overgrowth of government, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and about his personal experiences.
“It’s anything but the Affordable Care Act,” Bevin said of the president’s landmark health care law.
Bevin said a repeal of the law is necessary and that electing candidates like him that support repeal is the first step of the process. But Bevin admitted it would be at least two years, when President Barack Obama leaves office, before a full repeal could be realized.
Bevin also talked about his experiences as a military veteran, father and businessman.
“I’m the only one in this race that’s created a job in the private sector,” Bevin said, alluding to the government service of McConnell and likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Grimes and McConnell never created a private sector job. I’m the only one raising a family, I’m the only one who’s served in a uniform.
“I’m the only father in this race and I’m the only one that has created jobs the taxpayer didn’t pay for.”
Bevin also criticized McConnell for ducking a debate with him.
“Why aren’t people demanding a debate,” Bevin said. “Because he can’t defend his record, he has no vision with ideas for the future. If I’m speaking somewhere he bows out.”
McConnell’s campaign has criticized Bevin as dishonest about his background in business and as a tax evader. But Bevin routinely brought up those criticisms himself before dismissing them as false.
So far, most polling has shown Bevin trailing McConnell by large margins and the incumbent senator also holds a larger campaign war chest.
But as people were passing Bevin on the street Friday, offering their support unsolicited, Bevin said those polls don’t matter.
“The idea that this is over, look at this one street in this one town,” Bevin said. “You tell me if it’s over.”
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