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McConnell pokes fun at possible Democratic Senate challengers

Chris Moody
The Ticket

Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign posted its first video on Tuesday, which mocks the Democrats' search for a viable challenger to the top-ranking Senate Republican and includes cameos from actress Ashley Judd, a possible candidate.

The Web video, titled "Obama's Kentucky Candidate," features Ed Marksberry, a contractor from Owensboro who declared his candidacy in December, and possible contenders Judd, former U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The video emphasizes clips of Judd praising Tennessee and San Fransisco as her "home," an effort to frame her as an outsider in case she decides to run.

Until now, McConnell has been coy about discussing his re-election campaign. When asked about his challengers during an interview with Yahoo News last month, the tight-lipped minority leader said: "Who I actually end up running against either in the primary or the general will be determined in 2014, and we'll take a look at it then."

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