Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was in Kentucky last night to attend a fundraiser for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The private event was held at Donamire Farm on Old Frankfort Pike near Lexington. The farm is owned by Don and Mira Ball, and is frequently used for fundraising parties, including benefits for non-profit organizations. In fact the annual KET Summer Celebration has been held at Donamire for many years.
Press coverage for the event was limited by the organizers. But McConnell and Romney did make a few comments and answer several questions from the media afterwards. They were accompanied by McConnell’s wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
Romney endorsed McConnell in his reelection bid against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, and said he looked forward to McConnell becoming Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate.
The senator explained why his campaign has been so focused on President Obama and his agenda, especially on issues like the economy and foreign policy. McConnell also clarified his position on raising the minimum wage, saying he has supported increases in the past, but that he opposes it now because it would be a “bad time to be passing job-killing legislation.” He cited a study that indicates Kentucky would lose some 17,000 jobs if the minimum was raised.
Here are more of the remarks made by McConnell and Romney last night.
Sen. McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Grimes are scheduled to appear on Kentucky Tonight on Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.