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McConnell talks coal, rallies GOP women during Louisville convention

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Campaigning continues a year before the election. Senator Mitch McConnell visited the National Federation of Republican Women's convention where he addressed a captivated crowd of GOP supporters.

McConnell is trying to rally his base, especially women, as he recruits as much support as he can considering he has a potential female opponent.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, currently serving as Kentucky's Secretary of State, is also running for Senate in 2014.

During McConnell's speech Saturday, he accused President Barack Obama of anti-coal policies. "This administration has created a depression which is eliminating coal jobs, driving up utility rates and ruining my state." McConnell's television ads accused Grimes of partaking in a so-called "war on coal."

Recently, Grimes criticized President Obama's administration for an EPA ruling she says will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.

Grimes said Friday that she was "deeply disappointed" by the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.

Coal mining, a major industry in Kentucky, has become a central issue in the Senate race.

McConnell has been a longtime critic of Obama administration policies impacting mining and has had widespread support from the industry over nearly three decades in the Senate.

Grimes wants that support and has been aggressively courting industry leaders, several of whom provided financial backing in her successful run for secretary of state in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2013 WAVE 3 News.

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