Case was introduced by Grimes’ sister Alissa Todd as “the woman Mitch McConnell should fear the most.”
Case asked the crowd: “What rhymes with Mitch?” and then waited for their response: “It’s time for a switch,” echoing a line from the web video the campaign is running.
Promising she will “walk with (Grimes) every step of the way” along the campaign, Case introduced her granddaughter while Pineville singer Chris Rose sang “Kentucky Woman.”
Grimes made a staged entrance from a side street walking up a sidewalk surrounded by hundreds of cheering supporters.
She delivered an 18-minute speech, echoing themes she’s used in the past: McConnell’s votes against raising the minimum wage while his personal wealth increased; votes against women’s issues; support for tax policies Grimes said encourages employers to move Kentucky jobs out of the country. And she said McConnell “has clearly shown he cares only about himself.”
After each of the examples, Grimes said McConnell should “Stop now” to cheers from the crowd. She said he has blocked votes in the Senate over 400 times. “While Sen. McConnell might be thriving, Kentucky is just barely surviving.”
Grimes said, McConnell, who at one time vowed to make Barack Obama a one-term president, had done it “for the worst possible reason: out of spite.”
She said Washington is infected with a “disease of dysfunction ... and after 30 years, Mitch McConnell is at the center of it.”
Mindful of McConnell’s attempts to pin her to Obama and his environmental policies, both of which are very unpopular in conservative, coal-mining Kentucky, Grimes said she doesn’t always agree with the president.
“He’s wrong on coal,” she said, adding that “there are things in the Affordable Care Act which we need and must fix. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put the good of our people ahead of the bad that comes from acting petty and small.”