Sparks Fly Between Bevin, McConnell Campaign Manager At Constitution Day Ceremony

Sep 18, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton and GOP challenger Matt Bevin both used Tuesday’s Constitution Day ceremonies at UK to score political points.

The two traded strong words over McConnell’s record and each other’s knowledge of the country’s founding document.

With Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unable to attend, the stage was set Tuesday for a war of words between McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton and Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin.

Bevin began his address to the crowd of college students by blasting the Senate Minority Leader for a lack of experience in the private sector.

"You have been paying his salary since he was a young man and got out of school. He's now 70-something years old and doesn't have a clue how the real world works," Bevin charged.

"I guess Matt doesn't put a very high standard ion public service because Mitch McConnell has been serving Kentucky for 30 years and that's where he is today," Benton countered.

The two continued to quiz each other over what is and isn’t in the Constitution.

The tone of the entire exchange was brisk, with Bevin accusing the McConnell spokesman of uttering “plastic phrases” and Benton repeatedly calling Bevin’s remarks “grand platitudes.”

The event drew about 100 students on the university’s main lawn.