Quotes from Fancy Farm picnic

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 3 at 1:00 PM

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Quotes from the political speeches at the annual Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday:

—Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell: "There's only one way to change America in 2014. There's only one way to begin to go in a different direction. That's to change the Senate and make me the leader of a new majority to take America in a different direction."

—Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes: "It's not easy being Mitch McConnell. He's been in Washington, D.C., so long he thinks Duke's in Kentucky and Cloverlick's not. But I've got news for the folks in Cloverlick. If Mitch McConnell doesn't know where your town is, it just makes it harder for him to shift your jobs overseas. But don't worry Cloverlick, you're not alone. Mitch McConnell forgot about most Kentuckians a long time ago."

—McConnell: "By any standard, Barack Obama has been a disaster for our country. If you think about it, that's what you get for electing someone who has no experience. He was only two years into his first job when he started campaigning for the next one. Sound familiar? His campaign raised millions from extreme liberals. Sound familiar? He really didn't have any qualifications at all. Sound familiar?"

—Grimes: "If Mitch McConnell were a TV show, he'd be 'Mad Men.' Treating women unfairly, stuck in 1968 and ending next season."

—McConnell: "With so much turmoil around the world, we can't afford a leader who thinks the West Bank is a Hollywood fundraiser."

—Grimes: "Thanks to you, D.C. stands for 'doesn't care.'"

—Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, part of a poem aimed at Grimes: "To liberals, she whispers coal makes you sick. In Kentucky, she claims coal makes us tick. To the liberals, she sells her soul. The same ones who hate Kentucky coal. One thing that we know is true, one thing we know is guaranteed, she'd cast her first vote for Harry Reid."

—Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, after he took a selfie with Sen. Mitch McConnell: "I'm sorry, I just had to get one last photo of the senator before Kentucky voters retire him in November. "And retire him they will, because Kentuckians are tired of the partisan bickering in Washington. They're tired of dysfunctional government. They're tired of name calling. They're tired of obstructionism. And Sen. Mitch McConnell has been chief obstructionist for the last 30 years."

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