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Alison Lundergan Grimes accuses Mitch McConnell of 'laughing' at unemployed

Sen. Mitch McConnell and likely Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Sen. Mitch McConnell and likely Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Teeing off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's opposition to extending unemployment insurance benefits, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign accused McConnell on Tuesday of "laughing" at Kentucky's unemployed.

The Grimes campaign referred to a recording of McConnell being interviewed Jan. 8 by radio host Lars Larson. As Larson wishes McConnell well at the end of the segment, the host adds that he hopes McConnell will vote against extending unemployment benefits. McConnell chuckles in response and thanks Larson for the interview.

Charly Norton, Grimes' press secretary, said in a statement that McConnell's laughter is "an embarrassment."

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