U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Amy McGrath stopped in Hopkinsville on Saturday afternoon to talk with supporters and to rally people to vote her opponent out of office this fall.
McGrath told the crowd that gathered under the pavilion at DeBow Park that she needs every voter to help unseat longtime incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Do everything that you can to talk about this race,” she said as the rain poured behind her. “Pick five people in your life, and between now and the election, make sure that they vote.”
McGrath specifically pointed out the need for a long term plan to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We need a plan to continue fighting this coronavirus,” she said. “We can’t be cutting the benefits of people who are unemployed at no fault of their own. We should be helping them.”
In addition to focusing on COVID-19 aide, McGrath said restoring voting rights for nonviolent felons nationally is one of the things she will fight for if elected.
“Gov. Beshear did that for Kentucky, but we should be restoring voting rights at the national level for all people with nonviolent offenses,” she said. “You should have that right (to vote) and I’m going to be fighting for that.”
McGrath said she also supports expanding options for all voters, such as same-day voter registration.
“This coronavirus is not going away and nobody should have to risk their lives to make their voices are heard,” she said.
McGrath said making health care affordable and accessible for all is a priority while her opponent sought to repeal it.
On her campaign website, amymcgrath.com, she states that McConnell pushed to pass a repeal bill to the Affordable Care Act without replacement legislation that would have stripped health care coverage from up to 22 million people.
McGrath said she is open to working on a bipartisan plan that corrects the issues with the Affordable Care Act.
In addition to those topics, McGrath said building 21st century infrastructure in Kentucky is a must, starting with expanding broadband.
“We have to invest in ourselves,” she said. “When we get through (coronavirus), we’ve got to rebuild ourselves better than before. ... We’ve got to have leaders that think big and look at 21st century infrastructure for the greater good. No business is going to want to come to Kentucky if we don’t have the infrastructure. We will be left behind and I don’t want that.”
After her brief rundown of the issues, McGrath stuck around to meet individually with constituents.
McGrath specifically thanked Hopkinsville’s first lady and League member Bonnie Lynch for her efforts to make sure every resident is ready to vote Nov. 3.
“It is people like you that make democracy work,” McGrath said.