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McConnell Quizzed On Health Care Reform, Gay Marriage In Kentucky Sports Radio Interview

Sen. Mitch McConnell made a surprise appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday, calling in to the program hosted by Matt Jones.

The pointed exchange touched on a variety of hot button topics, from the minimum wage to gay marriage.

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wasted no time blasting her opponent on the same program during an appearance last month. Wednesday, it was the five-term Republican’s turn to respond.

Asked whether he would repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected he takes over as Majority Leader, McConnell made it clear his opinion of the legislation hasn't softened.

"I think we should repeal it if we could. Obviously with the president there that's not likely to happen, but I think it was a huge mistake," he told Jones.

More than 400,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health care through the state’s exchange, known as Kynect, but McConnell has argued Medicare expansion costs will put a squeeze on the state.

On the issue of gay marriage, McConnell reiterated his opposition but was pressed for reasons.

"My opinion is marriage should be between one man and one woman," the senator stated.

"I understand that and I'm not saying you're wrong. I just want to know where that comes from. Is that your biblical belief?" Jones asked.

"It is my belief that marriage is between one man and one woman," McConnell repeated without elaborating.

In the interview, McConnell also defended his record on fighting for coal jobs, arguing the dramatic downtown has been a direct result of Obama administration policies.

McConnell and Grimes are set to debate Monday on KET.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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