BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell talked abortion, gay marriage and the persecution of Christians in Iraq with three of Kentucky's most prominent evangelical leaders on Thursday.
McConnell told about 100 people at the Eastwood Baptist Church that he opposes gay marriage and abortion rights, although he stopped short of declaring an abortion litmus test for Supreme Court justices. He said President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq led to the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities there.
Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was invited but did not attend. She spent the morning helping serve breakfast at the start of the Kentucky State Fair. Grimes said she is eager to debate McConnell. The two are scheduled to appear at a forum next week sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau.