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Posted: Monday, 09 June 2014 8:14AM

McConnell says Grimes out of touch with miners



LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is portraying his Democratic opponent as out of touch with the struggles of Kentucky's coal miners.

In remarks prepared for a Republican crowd Saturday night in Louisville, McConnell said Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has been so busy raising money from liberal activists that she can't tell the difference between a miner and a European male model.

Released early by McConnell's campaign, the remarks refer to Grimes' use of a Ukrainian model posing as a miner in an early newspaper ad. Grimes' campaign says the photo was replaced before the ad ran.

Grimes has condemned President Barack Obama's plan for stricter emissions standards on coal-fired power plants.

Grimes' campaign says she talked about the struggles in coal country to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a fundraiser.

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