The 2020 General Election is under three weeks away and United States Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a campaign stop at Lake Reba in Richmond on Wednesday to speak with a group of supporters.
Her visit comes just a day after early voting began in Madison County.
McGrath emphasized the importance of voting, term-limits, COVID-19 relief and improving infrastructure in the Commonwealth. She also outlined her plans for the future for Kentucky and the country.
“This race is not about Amy McGrath, it’s not about Mitch McConnell, it is about us. It is about the country we want and the Kentucky we want for the future,” she said.
McGrath continued her push against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by saying he has served in Congress for too long and is disconnected from what Kentucky needs.
“Now more than ever we need change,” McGrath said to a crowd of supporters. “I’m going all around Kentucky and I’m trying to inspire people to one, we can vote him out and we can have better leaders.”
McConnell has served for 36 years in Congress and is the longest-serving senator in Kentucky history.
McGrath said she is running for U.S. Senate because she loves her country and Kentucky. She attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1997. She went on to serve 20 years in the Marines. McGrath was the first woman to fly a combat mission for the Marines, as well as the first to pilot the F/A-18 on a combat mission.
“I have a plan for the future because I’m a military officer by trade,” McGrath said. “But I also have a plan because I’m a mom. You have to have a plan for everything if you’re a mom.”
McGrath mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic is her top priority and getting immediate relief to those impacted.
As of Oct. 15, John Hopkins University has reported that 216,904 Americans have died from the virus.
McGrath emphasized that getting aid to people is most important right now as many Americans are unemployed due to the pandemic.
“We have to have immediate aid for Kentucky and for the country. That means extended unemployment insurance for people who have been off of work for no fault of their own and can’t find work,” McGrath said.
McGrath said that funding the state and local governments will help keep the first responders available to serve their communities.
“We also need aid to state and local governments, something Mitch McConnell doesn't want to do,” she said.
Expanding broadband internet to rural parts of Kentucky has been an issue for years, but it has been even more important this year as many students are learning virtually.
“Universal broadband is the same as electricity a 100 years ago,” McGrath said. “The future requires it, healthcare requires it, businesses require it, and our kids require it. In my day to be successful as a kid at school you needed a pen and paper… now you need a computer and the internet.”
McGrath also wants to fix Kentucky’s healthcare system.
“We have to protect people with preexisting conditions. We have 1.6 million Kentuckians with preexisting conditions, maybe more… We have to fix the Affordable Care Act and make it better,” McGrath said.
McGrath greeted the crowd and took photos with supporters after her speech and encouraged everyone to wear a mask, vote and make their voices heard in this year’s election.
Election Day is set for Nov. 3 and early voting is happening now until Election Day. To find your polling location you can visit govoteky.com.