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Posted: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 7:38AM

McConnell touts support for uranium plant workers



FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is running a new TV ad touting his support for workers at a uranium enrichment plant in western Kentucky.

The statewide ad debuting Wednesday features the whispery voice of a throat cancer survivor who says he was exposed to radiation at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The man credits McConnell for helping provide cancer screening programs and compensation for sick workers at the plant, which supplied enriched uranium to nuclear power plants.

The ad stresses McConnell's seniority in the Senate, which he hopes is his trump card in his bid for a sixth term. The ad is the McConnell campaign's first of the year.

McConnell is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in this year's Republican primary. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic front-runner.

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