FRANKFORT, Ky (WHAS11) -- The importance of her "jobs plan" to her U.S. Senate campaign is underscored in a new web video released Thursday morning by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
To a music accompaniment, the documentary-style video condenses Grimes' January 16 jobs plan presentation in Prestonsburg into just under three minutes. After endorsements from former Kentucky Governors Martha Layne Collins and Paul Patton, Grimes tells the crowd that the need to create more jobs is "the single most important problem facing the commonwealth."
"What I recognize, and what Mitch McConnell lost sight of a long time ago, is that this is a tragedy," Grimes said.
The Grimes plan is includes raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, improved access to childcare and a strategy for coal workers adversely affected by federal energy and environmental policies,
The video release comes as the Grimes campaign continues to chastise Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) for not releasing a "jobs plan" of his own.
It also comes as the McConnell campaign has jumped on a report from the Congressional Budget Office that the Affordable Care Act will have the net result of the equivalent of 2 million fewer full-time jobs in 2017, as workers limit their own hours so as not to lose federal health care subsidies.
The jobs loss "is absolutely predictable and totally unacceptable," said McConnell campaign spokesman Allison Moore, contrasting McConnells' opposition to "Obamacare" to Grimes "who supports its full implementation."
The video does not include any excerpts from Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo's appearance at the same event.
During his remarks, Stumbo compared the Senate election to World War II's liberation of Europe from Nazi control.
"Can you imagine what it felt like to know that you were liberating a country?" Stumbo said, "Well you are about to liberate your state. You are about to liberate your state, from the worst reign of misabuse that we've seen in the last thirty years. You are about to give us hope."
The Republican Party of Kentucky called Stumbo's comments "appalling."