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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell largely ignored his challengers at Kentucky's premier political showdown Saturday, aiming his criticism instead at President Barack Obama while touting his GOP leadership role. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Challengers Go After McConnell As He Focuses Criticism Against Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell largely ignored his challengers at Kentucky’s premier political showdown Saturday, aiming his criticism instead at President Barack Obama while touting his GOP leadership role.

08/03/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers reporters' questions during a brief news conference outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on July 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McConnell: Obama’s Economic Speeches ‘A Colossal Waste Of Time And Energy’

Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still treading water years after the financial meltdown.

07/24/2013

A tea party challenger signaled on Monday that he intends to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary in Kentucky. (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

Tea Party Challenger To Take On Top GOP Sen. McConnell

A tea party challenger signaled on Monday that he intends to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s GOP primary in Kentucky.

07/22/2013

Senate Minority Leader Sen Mitch McConnell shakes hands with Sen. Rand Paul during a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell, Paul Forge Alliance

To cover his political flank, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has forged an alliance with Tea Party darling Rand Paul, picked up support from other national Tea Party leaders and brought in a campaign manager from the upper echelons of the tea party movement.

07/07/2013

The Senate's Republican leader is telling major league sports: Don't play with "Obamacare." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP To Sports Leagues: Don’t Play With ‘Obamacare’

The Senate’s Republican leader is telling major league sports: Don’t play with “Obamacare.”

06/28/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after a weekly Senate Republican caucus meeting on May 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Leader Warns Of Attacks On Free Speech

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, said Friday the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

06/21/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after a weekly Senate Republican caucus meeting on May 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell: White House ‘Institutionalized Practice Of Pitting Bureaucrats’ Against People They’re Serving

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, says the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

06/21/2013

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rand Paul: ‘Here A Scandal. There A Scandal. Everywhere A Scandal.’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took political potshots Saturday at President Barack Obama, saying his expertise at “the blame game” allowed him to win re-election to a second term even though he did a “very poor job” in the first.

06/17/2013

Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.  Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

McConnell: NSA Programs Are Legal, Snowden Should Be Fully Prosecuted

The Senate Republican leader says the National Security Agency programs are legal and subject to rigorous oversight as he questioned the motivation of the private contractor who leaked information about the surveillance operations.

06/11/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves his office for the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell Aides Discuss Ashley Judd On Recording Being Investigated By FBI

The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine.

04/09/2013

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