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Listen to Senator Mitch McConnell on Kentucky Sports Radio


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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411 responses to “Listen to Senator Mitch McConnell on Kentucky Sports Radio”

  1. ukmoxie

    Since this is pulled from the podcast…can you make a version of today’s podcast without the interview? That’d be swell. /poke

    1. Dubbya

      You are SO funny, that was so clever, I’m so glad you decided to brighten all our days with your amazing comment. They were like “Here’s the clip everyone wants to listen to”, and you were like “I don’t think so!” Because you don’t wan’t to listen to politics. You are just the best! Best comment I’ve seen all day. Game changer. Thanks again, Champ!

    2. ukmoxie

      Thanks for the validation!
      I forgot you shouldn’t make jokes in the comment sections…

      Give me an effing break. No need to get your butt hurt.

    3. ukmoxie

      .. and this is not “listening to politics”.

    4. bigbluetruth

      Be careful of what you wish for Matt, you wanted Mitch and you got him. He showed a lot more class than you and your comment about what you’d be watching Monday night was a typical liberal dumb ass comment. GO CATS GO MITCH

    5. UKBlue

      Anyone who hasn’t seen this video of Alison own campaign workers saying she lying about coal here you go if this doesn’t get deleted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1N3rbwRA_k&feature=youtu.be

    6. Order of Importance

      Global Warming is based on science, honestly.
      Unfortunately, it is Political Science and not Environmental Science !!!!

    7. Gayle

      Cheap shots Matt. Asking who was his favorite UK player and commenting that you would be watching wrasslin on Monday was all out of the Dems playbook. No wonder you wanted him on the show. I will continue to listen to your post game shows but your daily show is out.

  2. polley

    Preparing for this comment section to get out of hand.

    1. Madisonville Marge

      I have to say that all politics aide, it was fun listening to Matt get owned. I’m a KSR fan, for sure, but do get a little tired of the smarmy, arrogant way Matt handles callers/bloggers who have a diffrence of opinion with him.
      …Didn’t quite work with Sen. McConnell,hee, hee… Ol’ Mitch was ready for all of his traps.

    2. Luther

      Go Mitch! Go Cats!!

  3. LindsayAnnaBleedBlue

    All excellent points made by Sen. McConnell. Takes a lot to walk into a hostile environment after weeks of biased attacks by the radio host. He had to defend himself and his work for Kentucky, and he did it amazingly well. We need Mitch leading Kentucky.

    1. EXACTLY

      COMPLETELY AGREE

    2. Ronny

      I concur.

    3. Donnie Hagy

      Please enlighten us unwashed and tell us again what McConnell and his party of “no” has done for Kentucky. If it’s his plan to make sure Kentuckians wallow in stupidity, by your comments I can tell he’s succeeded. You should be right proud.

    4. Jimbob

      Agree 100%

    5. bigbluetruth

      Donnie Hagy needs to go to Eastern Kentucky and ask what Mitch has done for them if he really wants the answers. Anyone who would vote for the liberal puppet grimes needs to be a LOSERVILLE fan, no way in hell are you a fan of the state of Kentucky.

    6. Both parties suck

      Donnie, the party of NO is actually Harry Reid’s Democrat party. Reid has over 350 bills passed by the House sitting on his desk that he refuses to allow a vote on.

    7. George

      Eastern Kentucky hasn’t changed one bit under Mitch, still looked down upon to the rest of the nation and very high in poverty

    8. Scott

      Poverty and dependence on government assistance has continued to rise in Eastern KY for the last 30 years. I work in healthcare in Eastern KY and this year we have seen a surge in people coming in and getting medical treatment that they need but previously could not afford. This isn’t someone spouting some Democrat talking point — I actually tend to lean Conservative on most issues. But completely repealing Obamacare at this point would be a nightmare for these people in Eastern KY who are finally getting help that they desperately need.

      Mitch wants that to end. I really don’t care for ALG either, but do you seriously thing Mitch cares about Eastern KY? Most of the people who would suffer from repealing Obamacare are broken down old coal miners who are now dependent on food stamps, disability, or some other form of government assistance that Mitch is firmly against.

    9. Wildcatsean

      People in Kentucky who are middle class or below and still vote Republican are idiots who are just voting against their own interests. These people (or in Mitch’s case robots) are all about the mighty dollar and couldn’t care less about the average citizen. People vote based on religion or moral ground and don’t consider how their vote will affect their wallets and pocketbooks…meanwhile with every Republican that is elected the Super rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Hello Republicans equals bye bye Middle Class and most non-wealthy republicans are too blinded by right wing propaganda to realize it.

    10. Brenda

      BrOmg! Mitch has done absolutely nothing but lead a 7 year obstruction at the expense of this country! There’s no getting lower than that. Not to mention stealing a paycheck for 7 years! He’s so grossly pathetic till the rest of us are angry that Kentucky keeps him in our face! Admire if you wish, but he has done nothing admirable to the rest of us! He has succeeded in highlighting he’s a Kentucky resident and Kentucky residents vote for him!! Barf!

  4. Reese

    Excuse me, but you got some politics on my sports.

    1. PikeCountyMike

      I truly think he should have laughed it off and avoided being confrontational at all costs. Sure, Republicans would love hearing him go after a dirty liberal. I’m not sure how well that will play with undecided voters. It certainly rubbed me the wrong way. Grimes tried her best to be light hearted and charming. Maybe Mitch wanted to contrast himself to her, and show how different the two actually are? Again this is a great strategy to rally the troops who are firmly planted in your corner, but that is a strange way to go after the undecided voters.

    2. PikeCountyMike

      Meant to reply to the comment below. Sorry.

  5. Duuuuuude

    I am/was a McConnell supporter. I did not think this interview helped him any. He came off as an arrogant jerk in my opinion.

    1. BBN

      Can you blame him when Ryan mocks his voice and Matt is clearly biased?

    2. BleedBlue

      Exactly BBN. Its nice to see our Senator show some attitude.

    3. PikeCountyMike

      I truly think he should have laughed it off and avoided being confrontational at all costs. Sure, Republicans would love hearing him go after a dirty liberal. I’m not sure how well that will play with undecided voters. It certainly rubbed me the wrong way. Grimes tried her best to be light hearted and charming. Maybe Mitch wanted to contrast himself to her, and show how different the two actually are? Again this is a great strategy to rally the troops who are firmly planted in your corner, but that is a strange way to go after the undecided voters.

    4. BlueRedNeck

      “Awaiting moderation”? Seriously, Mrs. Tyler?

    5. Sam G

      You are not fooling anyone Duuuuude. You are so left winged you can’t fly. If you ever were a McConnell supporter then there was not a single word in that interview that should have surprised you.
      The only person that seemed agitated or upset was Matt. What the hell, “DO YOU BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING… YES OR NO! Damn Matt, what was that all about??

    6. J-Dub421

      Other than Ryan doing voice impressions of McConnell, I don’t really think that Matt has mocked him. Matt simply called McConnell out (and rightly so) for agreeing to come on the show, and then ducking Matt’s calls for the better part of a month. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it. Talk is cheap. Then McConnell calls in today, more or less unannounced, and made Matt completely rework his show and have to re-schedule a guest on the fly. That was kind of a jerk move.

    7. Which one?

      “Came off as an arrogant jerk” It’s tough to figure out which one you were referring too.

    8. Mary Martinez

      That’s because McConnell is a jerk, If it smell like a rat, it’s a ra!

  6. LMU

    how did they compress the 30 minutes down to 13:57? impressive

    1. Sam G

      KSR left some good stuff on the cutting room floor.

    2. bpisforUK

      Mitch said they were talking for 30 minutes. That was at 11:20 on my computer. They don’t come back from the top of the hour break until 11:06. So 13 or 14 minutes is right.

    3. Walls

      In defense of the turtle man, he was probably on hold a while before getting on the air too, so he probalby was on the phone for around 30 minutes.

  7. chad

    I think both candidates are awful, its a lose lose Kentucky.

    1. BlueRedNeck

      Completely agree, Chad. In fact, it’s been a lose/lose for the whole country for many years. All these clowns think about is getting re-elected, then pointing fingers at each other. The joke’s on us.

    2. J-Dub421

      Amen, Chad.

    3. Luke

      I would agree. I’ll be voting for ALG in November, and a lot of that has to do with social positions, but mostly because I don’t think there are very many politicians that deserve to be in office more than one term. As soon as the thought of reelection enters their mind (which generally happens sooner in their terms than later) you can generally throw out the window any possiblility of their fighting for the people they represent. It then turns into a bitter blaming contest where nothing gets done, and real ideas to improve yours, mine, and our families and friends’ wellbeing, quality of life, and economic prosperity/security inexorably fall by the wayside.

    4. Come on now

      Come on now, don’t sell this election short. Kentucky has been full of losers for a long time.

    5. Juanita Broadrick

      Really j dub, the senate minority leader calls in and it totally disrupts the show. Even though the senate is not in session right now the leadership is working its ass off. We have war with Isis, Ebola freaking ot the world, economy has an effective unemployment rate of 12%, illegals and terrorist streaming across the border. Really think he generous coming on with the disasters in the world.

    6. Both parties suck

      Chad, you nailed it. Regardless of which candidate wins we still lose! Both parties are corrupt and care only about retaining power.

      We need term limits for every function of government. It would weed out the bad politicians on it’s own, since people don’t care enough to do so themselves. Also need it for the ABC soup of government entities to help prevent abuse of power from the likes of the EPA, IRS, NSA, etc…

    7. Chad (II)

      Couldn’t agree more Chad. Do away with the “career” politician, as well as their same pay for every year after they finish their term, for the rest of their lives. Talk about helping our deficit.

    8. Whatdifferencedoesitmake

      Agree, but in this case Mitch is the lesser of two evils and at least if he gets elected has good chance for majority leader. Matt was laying traps the whole interview starting with his first question to see if he could name a UK player for his fav, then it was all liberal trap questions… pittyful.. stick to sports you may Dixie Chick your way out of favor..

  8. Rod

    Geez, did Ryan pee in his wheaties this morning? Time is not his friend for sure..

  9. BleedBlue

    I’m not saying I’m for either person, but think its funny that Matt is upset that he got done to what he was planning on doing to Mitch. Mitch knew Matt was going to try to make him sound foolish and Mitch stopped him in his tracks,lol. At least Mitch did answer the questions and didnt talk around them like Grimmes did. Mitch plainly said that it was his opinion that marriage should be between man and woman, but Matt tried to turn it into a religious thing. Also funny how after Grimmes interview Matt wouldnt let any callers talk about it, but didnt mind today since he didnt like how Mitch talked to him.

    1. Josephi Verbum

      I did find that rather inappropriate. He gave his personal opinion (more than most politicians do) and Matt tried to grill his belief system. This coming from a self proclaimed “Christian” himself. That was an embarrassing moment.

    2. Jimbob

      Matt was pushy, and out of line with that one. Funny how softball he was with Grimes, and then he gets pushy with our sitting senator…give me a break.

    3. pete

      he clearly didn’t answer several questions. ex Do you believe in global warming? It is very much a yes or no answer. Like do you believe in Santa Claus. ~ I loved how he stated his accomplishment at UK then said it was a big deal. I certainly don’t have either wing over my eyes but that was not a positive interview on his part

    4. Order of Importance

      According to Matt, goofball Ryan and a bunch of other ill informed KSR politicians, Matt’s time is far more valuable than that of the Senate Minority Leader of the United States. That is just about par for the depth of thinking that takes place on this show when the topic veers away from sports.

      Honestly,it is comical to think that the host of a localized sports talk show could become so arrogant/misguided as to believe that he could influence a Senatorial election. Not to mention how delusional he must have become to think that he could dictate to, or debate, a sitting Senator whose job it is to debate matters of the highest importance on a daily basis.

      It became obvious, even to a novice, that Matt believed that he could out wit Senator McConnell. And, he intended to attempt to do so by employing a “Pearl Harbor” maneuver on the Senator, if he could have gotten him to come on the show under his (Matt’s) terms. However, the Senator recognized exactly what Matt was attempting to do and accordingly took measures to even the playing field by calling the show on his terms instead of Matt’s terms. Conclusion, the Senator took Matt to school and made him look like….well….a silly sports talk show host.

      Sorry Matt! You got what you deserved in this case, not to mention, you were playing way above your pay grade. I suggest that you stick to talking sports, where there is no real strategy involved!

      Now, for the rest of the KSR politicians that believe we need to get rid of Mitch McConnell, think about this….indications are that the Senate is going to be taken by the Republicans in the upcoming election. When that happens Senator McConnell will become the Majority Leader of the Senate. And, arguably, that is the second most powerful political office in the world. Think about that folks! This could very well be the best, and perhaps the last, opportunity for Kentucky to have someone with that much influence in office for the next 100 years, if ever. It would be amazing how much our state would benefit If Senator McConnell were to become Majority Leader of the Senate. If you do not believe that the Senate Majority Leader welds extreme power, then I encourage you to look at what Harry Reed has done for his home state of Nevada in just a few short years.

      To send a Freshman Senator to Washington when we have the opportunity to have the Senate Majority Leader represent our state,…well…. that would be about the dumbest political move that we as Kentuckians could possibly do. I don’t care whether you like or dislike Senator McConnell, think about what he may be able to do for our state, which is one of the poorest in the nation. Think about the common good of the state and not just your personal agendas. THINK PEOPLE ….THINK!!!!

  10. Hartline

    I don’t like Senator McConnell, but he is objectively a better public speaker/question “answer-er” than Secretary Grimes when comparing their two KSR interviews. In addition, it seems like Ryan’s mocks and Matt’s jabs definitely are the reasons why he won’t come in studio. At first I thought he was afraid of tough questions (which Matt definitely asked) but his overall tone suggests that he just doesn’t think its worth his time.

    1. Stacye Thomas

      It would be like having 25 Hell’s Angles to invite you into their bar for a drink! It would be in your best interest NOT to go in there.

    2. Jimbob

      Exactly…and Matt knows it, and continued to be pushy about it. Give me a break.

    3. ukalum87

      For some reason Matt thinks he has arrived on the scene as a big time player. To funny. I do not like any politicians but Matt, bless his heart, thinks he is somebody that can change the politics in KY and that is more than to funny. If not for the rabid UK fan base he would be working as a lawyer trying to get people out of traffic tickets. Jones is and always will be joke. He is a legend in his own mind.

    4. Order of Importance

      Make no mistake about it, Mitch is tough as nails. Afraid? You cannot be afraid and rise to where he has risen. Afraid, that word is not in his vocabulary!

  11. Section 133

    Always thought: “He’s a pompous old gasbag.”

    Confirmed.

  12. Howdy Doody Time!

    Just take a mouthful of mashed potatoes and then try to speak – you will sound exactly like Mitch.

  13. LOL

    Cannot wait for this ODB to get out of office.

    1. Stacye Thomas

      don’t hold your breathe

  14. PikeCountyMike

    Wow. Undecided, unbiased, Eastern KY voter, here. Slight McConnell lean, solely because of coal, and not wanting to support a party that has historically made things much harder for my local economy. My take from that interview?

    I really don’t think I can vote for Senator McConnell again. That interview hurt him. Came off arrogant, standoffish, grumpy, and slightly “out of touch.” Hate using that phrase, because Grimes has beat it to death, but that’s how I feel after hearing that disaster of an interview. I think Mitch should avoid any and all debates with Grimes. I don’t think he will come off as the more likable of the two candidates, in fact I think the Grimes camp is relying on that to swing voters like myself. Wow, wow, wow is all I can say.

    1. Wait a sec

      When did they let the hillbillies in Eastern Kentucky start voting? Isn’t there a law about having at least an 8th grade education before voting? LOL

    2. Wake Up

      If you’re looking to put the nicest person into office you’re the reason this country sucks.

    3. Jimbob

      Remember, you are voting for Obama if you vote for Grimes.

    4. Libertarian

      Then vote for David Patterson

    5. Proud2BBlue AndLiberalToo

      After this I think Matt is right. Like Matt said, he has done nothing for Kentucky coal in 30 years. And like Matt pointed out, Kentucky is way behind most other states in accepting gay marriage, and environmental issues. It is time for the Big Blue Nation to step up and color Kentucky Blue on Election Day. Look at the issues and where the candidates stand and then vote democratic for a better big blue Kentucky. The big blue nation needs to put its stamp on KY politics and vote Democratic. Work with Matt and KSR to improve Kentucky!

  15. Raging Against the Machine

    What a jerk! He came in defensive and ready to fight. 30 years is enough.

    1. BleedBlue

      What was he to do? Just let Matt bash him? All Mitch did was stop what Matt had planned before he could start it. It was obvious Matt was upset for the fact that he wouldnt shut up about how Mitch come off when Matt knows that is what he wanted to do. Everyone knows that Matt is bias.

    2. Soul Man

      EXACTLY Bleed Blue

    3. Matt's Arse

      Boohoo!! Mitch spanked me!

  16. kywildcat

    I don’t like mitch, but the alternative will be much worse. When i look at grimes, i see obama.

    1. huh

      When you look at a white woman you see a black man? When was the last time you had your eyes checked?

    2. Dennis Schrader

      I can see your point kywildcat. Mitch wants a cut to social security and medicare besides raising the age to draw both. Mitch is against raising the minimum wage , which would also get a good amount of people off of welfare.. He doesn’t believe n equal pay for equal work . Mitch wants to get rid of health insurance for 500,000 people on it in Kentucky . Then Mitch tells Kentuckians that repealing the ACA won’t effect Kynect which is Kentucky’s ACA site The stock market has doubled during the Obama administration . . Unemployment has could down from over 10 % to 5.6% . There has been 55 straight months of job creation. Don’t tell me that the unemployment is actually higher because the way the unemployment figures are made now is the same way it was when Reagan was in office. Under no president has job creation went on for 55 straight months, including Bill Clinton. Grimes as being quoted as being a democrat from the day of her birth. That sounds good to me since it is democrats that is fighting, not only to keep social security as it is , but to expand it. Democrats want to keep medicare like it is , while republicans want to take $700 billion from it and not put it back into health care , like Obama did. Mitch McConnell lied on this interview about the jobs being lost due to the ACA, even if this were true , how about the ones that have reached their lifetime limit that will lose their health care??? How about the number of people that will lose it due to preexisting conditions????How about the children of families that are going to college or trying to get a start in life that has Healthcare on their parents policies??? Across the nation I will be up to 44 million that will lose their healthcare and money to spend on products to improve our economy and money for the businesses.???? How about the people that republicans already took money to feed the families of those that NEED extended unemployment benefits. Mitch insures us that if the senate is taken over by republicans , e will throw millions out of work by having another government shut down to make sure he deficit is brought under control, even though the deficit as fallen faster than it has in over 60 years. The fastest of all administrations. What Mitch is saying is that cuts will be made in the republican agenda or the government will remained shut down until Obama agrees.to the cuts. This is where I agree with you, Obama caved in before because of a government shut down and he may agree to cuts to social security and Medicare , and raise the age to draw both , like the republicans say you need to do to save both Their comprise ill be raising the age to draw Medicare, instead of putting it on a voucher system. I agree, I don’t think Obama will fight for social security or medicare , like most democrats. I hope there are enough democrats that will stand up for the middle class, seniors and the poor to keep the republicans from getting all the cuts they want. Other than that, I would want to vote every person in that want to expand social security and preserve medicare. . Instead of ruining every program I paid into my whole working life to get in my retirement years and for it to be worth something. I want to be able to retire in dignity ,not to retire in government handouts but things I paid for during my working years. I see lot worse for the nation and Kentucky if Mitch McConnell wins again. All you have to do is listen to the truth and lies he told during the interview above to know who is for the working class, or rather who isn’t for the working class.

    3. Mary Martinez

      Hmmm I wonder how has Obama personally affected you?

  17. Z

    The date on the home screen says September 14th?

    1. Chaz

      It’s Mojo. We’re 4-1.

    2. Soul Man

      HEY Z, I’ve noticed that too! When you come to the KSR site it says today is Sept 14 ?????

    3. PW in KY

      This creeps me out every time I see it because September the 14th is my brother’s birthday, so it always makes me worry!

  18. Mailman

    If you are from east Ky there was some substance to this interview. He says if elected there will be votes on coal and the EPA.

    1. Jimbob

      Exactly, and you’d be crazy not to have a Senate Majority that’s pro-coal.

    2. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy

      Nuclear is better.

    3. Nuclear?

      Nuclear is better lol. Ever been to Maxey Flatts? Flemmingsburg? They spending 15,000,000 bucks as we speak to bury the nuclear waste deeper.

  19. Chaz

    Since I am now treating all politically flavored comments as paid advertisements for one side or the other, for the rest of the week I will shun any article mention MM or ALG. I am guilty of making such comments, but I shall do my best to comment only on sports articles until after the election. Then I will resume whining about evil, impotent or dictatorial politicians.

    1. aeiou

      Bye Felicia

  20. Caleb from Marion county

    Ditch Mitch! It’s time for him to go

    1. Martin n Martin

      I would agree, but there is NO WAY that I want Grimy Grimes as his replacement. She is CLUELESS.
      She is a political puppet. She knows NOTHING. We need to find a better candidate to take out Mitch.

    2. VinnyCent

      So you think Mitch isnt a politicl puppet? Are you serious????!?!?

  21. bob skallen

    Wow, I see why he was trying to duck the interview on live radio. McConnell is just so dry and emotionless. He comes across like a political robot. I could care less either way because I’m a libertarian, so I won’t be voting for anybody that has an actual chance of winning, but I don’t see how people support McConnell. Mitch is just completely fake.

    1. BlueRedNeck

      Wish more people voted the way you do. Might actually get their attention.

  22. brian

    I don’t live in KY so this doesn’t really matter to me. But, it seems like Grimes platform is saying she’s not Mitch and Mitch actually talks about issues.

    Also seems kinda stupid Matt kept pushing for a debate on his show. I love KSR but seems like he is just trying to get ratings.

    1. Turner the Burner

      The biggest audience in KY… Seems reasonable that you would want to get in front of that audience. He got in front of them for about 13 minutes today. He would have been better off not coming on.

    2. Charlie Martin

      MATT & KSR …. STAY OUT OF POLITICS and STICK TO UK SPORTS.

  23. Allen Eison

    Grimes will finish coal jobs off for good in Kentucky. See this video.. scary stuff

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/07/Alison-Grimes-Donor-On-Coal-She-s-going-to-F-k-Them

    1. Tom Selleck's Mustache

      FYI, sourcing Breitbart is like sourcing Wikipedia, you shouldn’t really do it. With that said,what has some of McConnell’s donor’s thought he will do when/if he gets reelected. O’Keefe is clown shoes. I for one cannot wait for the new KSR comments section.

    2. . . .

      This isn’t 1998. Wikipedia is a heavy moderated encyclopedia now with an extremely high upkeep cost.

    3. Jimbob

      People need to take this video to heart…think of the pressure she will be under in Washington…do you really think she’ll side Obama or Kentucky? I’ll give you a hint, she’ll side with Obama.

    4. David Brands

      As if losing coal jobs is such a bad thing. How about training those miners on TOP of the ground installing solar or wind? It’s a lot safer, healthier and you clean up the air in the process. I visited the area around Central City awhile back and it is so ravaged by old mine cave-ins and general scarring of the landscape that it’s disgusting. Daniel Boone would be sick with what an eyesore so much of Kentucky has become. I’m not a Kentuckian but I ask you all in complete honesty, how can you move forward if you insist on staying in your filthy, coal-mining mindset?

  24. Monty Brewster

    Vote None of the Above

  25. Stick to UK Sports

    I like the site and show but Matt is making it harder to like him every day. I always look past his political stance where many others don’t. But the interview (attack) today was rude and disrespectful. Matt certainly did not treat the 2 equally. He is going down the same path as Ashly Judd, using your platform to try and sway voters. Many UK fans no longer like her either. Stick to UK sports.

    1. Charlie Martin

      in total agreement!

    2. bentucky

      In Matt’s defense the way McConnell and Grimes treated the interview was totally different. Grimes scheduled a time to be on the show, giving matt opportunity to prepare his questions and decide how to go about the interview. McConnell repeatedly ignored matt’s invitation to be on the show, Then lied to him about his availability, then ambushed him by calling the show and demanding to be put on right as the show goes to a hard break, just like they do everyday. In my opinion McConnell got treated how he deserved to be treated. Imagine if you were matt and a person treated you like that while you were trying to arrange to get them on your show.

      Get your head out of your Party line a$$

    3. Straight Cat Strut

      Also agree totally! Matt talks too much about Gay Marriage and Global Warming, but doesn’t have a clue about the financial implications or even simple economic principles, yet he is ready, willing and “chomping at the bit” to spend someone else’s money for social garbage. It is easy to see why he is a liberal. Stick to UK sports and leave off the liberal agenda BS.

    4. Trey Grayson

      Hey Bentucky! remember when I got on Matts show and Matt was all friendly and everything and we talked about who the heck Rand Paul was and that Rand was clueless and how Matt wasn’t going to give him air time and that I was going to win by a landslide and that everyone would love me because I’m allabout caring about the people of Kentucky and that I was a shoo-in to win???? What happened???????

    5. Chad (II)

      “stick to UK sports” and “Straight Cat Strut”, totally agree with both of you. Thank you for your words, they are my words as well. Matt, let’s keep this radio show and website on what it was designed, UK SPORTS!!! That’s why I’m listening, despite you the fact you are an arrogant LIB. I don’t care about your political stance, I care about Kentucky and our sports program.

  26. Juanita Broadrick

    Great interview, I’m not biggest McConnell supporter, his answers where all on target I think the attitude at the beginning was matt criticism of him not attending UK at wh. Didn’t trash grimes like she did to him. I thought very fair all in all

  27. Bubba Earl

    He was briefed before the interview, yes he sounded defensive, but can you blame him? TEAM MITCH

  28. Tom

    Atta boy, Mitch!!! I hate the fact that Matt seems determined to enter into the political fray on his “sports” site, but it is Matt’s site. He can choose to delve into movie reviews or history or literature or physics or whatever. I do appreciate the “sports” aspect of his site, and that is the reason I frequent this place. Not because of Matt’s political views, which are sort of embarrassingly naive to say the least. Personally I could do without his political opinion, especially since he’s a proud pinko. But I do think Matt treated Mitch fairly in this interview. Again, jmo. But I also thought Mitch hit a home run!!! He’s great. And better yet, he is not an Obummer rubber stamp.

    1. Mikey

      How are Matt’s political views naive? MJ has a law degree from Duke University. He probably know more about politics, the law, and the government than 99% of the population. I don’t agree with all of Matt’s views, but calling them naive is probably the worst way to describe them. Are they wrong? Maybe, that’s purely subjective. But, to say he is politically naive is farcical.

    2. Jimbob

      Wrong Mikey. If you listen to the show, you know that Matt thinks he knows everything about everything…he’s hard-headed, and close-minded. That’s ok for a sports website/radio show, but not with politics.

  29. jhnny

    You have to believe that the McConnell camp is concerned that the Grimes interview helped her campaign….perhaps the new poll numbers are true, why else would he come on? And if he decides to come on- why take the route of calling in unexpected and not coming on air? Obviously to not allow Matt to prepare, I guess.

    I thought the interview was fair- but not sure why it was necessary for McConnell to take shots at Matt Jones. And despite what he says, we all know he is a Louisville fan. Me thinks he protest too much on that point…

  30. Zach

    What a joke on McConnell’s part! Dodged every question and struggled on the spot. Constantly changing the subject. Just goes to show how out of touch he is.

    1. Juanita broadrick

      What questions were dodged. I heard every important question answered in detail. I’m glad Matt for the most part let him finish his answer. Now if you’re the kind of person who can’t answer who the VP is or knows everything abot the kardashians then maybe you didn’t think he answered anything.

    2. Jimbob

      Name one question that was dodged? Are you talking about his stance on gay marriage? He answered it…just not the way Matt wanted. He’s a tough nut, and Matt certainly wasn’t going to rattle him.

    3. bentucky

      Global Warming

    4. Jimbob

      Were you listening? He said he didn’t know whether global warming was man made, because he’s not a scientist. He made some good points about how carbon taxes would be economic suicide for the US…given how the rest of the world won’t regulate carbon.

    5. jhnny

      Jimbob, that is a dodge. He isn’t a doctor either, but he sure has an opinion on Healthcare. He isn’t a priest or rabbi or pastor, but he sure has an opinion on gay marriage.

  31. libertarian

    i know he is having trouble getting on the ballot, but why not invite the libertarian on your show matt? he would knock the socks off of mconnell and grimes.

    1. DrSayre

      He’s on the ballot…the only other person on the ballot other than the Douche and Turd Sandwich

  32. KSRules

    Wow! Mitch McConnell did something today? He must need a nap after breaking his record of consecutive days doing nothing.

  33. Mike T.

    Goodness gracious! I do believe a lot of folks have lost their minds. I did not think Matt attacked anyone. He has made it known of what he thinks personally, so folks on the other side can’t see anything else. I thought Matt did a great job with 10 minutes prep time. He asked basic platform questions to both candidates and they both skirted some of them. Tell Matt I am a pro wrestler that will have his back!

    1. The Rock

      I smell what you’re cooking.

    2. J-Dub421

      Yay! Someone else who is reasonable! (Not sarcasm, I actually like your comments.)

  34. reny

    You can really tell Mitch don’t like Matt Jones.

  35. Thatyounggentleman

    Anyone else picture Digger Phelps yelling, “Listen to me!” when the Senator argued that believing in global warming was a yes/no question?

    1. Bubba

      It’s not a simple yes or no answer. Do I believe in global warming? Yes. Facts show the planet has warmed over the years. Is it man made or just nature being cyclical? That’s the real question. Recent data shows it’s cyclical and the Earth is entering a cooling period now.

    2. Jimbob
    3. BPM

      Jimbob – I am sure “climate depot” is a reputable source on the environment but, if what you say is true, how do you explain why the polar ice caps are melting?

    4. bentucky

      Changes in the sun’s rays, volcanic activity, particle air pollution and water vapour in the stratosphere may have contributed to the slowed rate of surface warming, reflecting some heat back into the atmosphere and so offsetting some of the heat caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations.

      However, since 2000, heating of the planet has in fact continued at a rate equivalent to more than 250 billion 1KW household electric heaters. This is based upon evidence from thousands of automated ocean buoys that measure down to a depth of nearly 2km, combined with global satellite data measuring radiative energy entering and leaving the planet.

      Recent research indicates the current slowing in the rate of surface warming is primarily caused by natural ocean variability linked to La Niña conditions affecting the Pacific.

      During the 1980s and 1990s, heating from greenhouse gases warmed the upper layers of the ocean, which affected global surface temperatures. In the 2000s, changes in ocean circulation have caused this additional heat energy to affect deeper layers beneath the sea surface as demonstrated using a combination of simulations and observations.

      It is still warming up.

      Don’t get your false scientific information from a website called climate depot. That is run as a political propaganda machine, be smart about stuff and go to unbiased sources of information. When it is just the information and nothing else. (see below)

      Marc Morano (born 1968) is a global warming skeptic and the founder of the website Climate Depot, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Biography[edit] Morano was raised in McLean, Virginia. He has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in political science.

    5. Jimbob

      You really don’t have a clue…the Antarctic polar cap is at a record high. Also, Arctic polar cap is not at a record low…it’s nothing new, they sailed through the Arctic sea during WWII (granted, not too much).

    6. Jimbob

      humans and dinosoaurs used to live at the same time. I am smarter than all of you because I read climate depot and believe anything politicians tell me.

    7. bentucky

      I believe climate science is settled, even though none of the predictions have come true.

    8. asdf

      Bentucky was defeated on the first McConnell thread, but the corpse refuses to stop kicking.

    9. ColoradoCat

      From the Guardian website:

      “Based on our abstract ratings, we found that just over 4,000 papers took a position on the cause of global warming, 97.1% of which endorsed human-caused global warming. In the scientist self-ratings, nearly 1,400 papers were rated as taking a position, 97.2% of which endorsed human-caused global warming.”

      Anyone who “doesn’t believe” climate change is happening and due to human-influence at this point is just kidding themselves. It is tantamount to the old fingers-in-your-ears-eyes-shut-and-humming routine. The fact that some of the most powerful men and women in our society choose to ignore such overwhelming evidence is so alarming.

      Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/may/16/climate-change-scienceofclimatechange

  36. reny

    Also how mad must matt be that he didn’t have advance notice, to coordinate even futher with the Grimes campaign, ROFL

    1. bluehappypappy

      I agree!!

  37. bluehappypappy

    TEAM MITCH!!!!!

  38. Adolph Oliver Bush

    Mitch is pitiful.

  39. DavidP19

    Typical Professional Politician … refuses to answer a simple ‘Yes or No’ question with a yes or no, and then gets belligerent when pressed for a real answer.

    1. JGabb

      Did you listen to Alison? I am pretty sure that she simply referred to an amendment so she didn’t have to give her own opinion. It was a bait-and-switch mood by a crafty attorney.

    2. Jimbob

      Please listen to the Grimes interview again, and your opinion will change.

  40. Stephen

    Glad to see Senator McConnell didn’t wait until he fell behind in the polls before he accepted KSR’s invitation to come on their show. Way to go Senator.

    1. Bob Skallen

      McConnell was behind by two points in the Bluegrass Poll released a couple days ago.

    2. Sharon Benge

      He was down 2 points before interview.. Up 8 now

  41. Sg24

    I thought Mitch was defensive from the beginning, but he had every right to do so after Matt’s line of questioning. Mitch gives his personal opinion over gay marriage to which Matt continually questions him. I think Matt was the arrogant of the two during the two. Matt had an agenda to embarrass and make light of the senator. Why would Mitch want to come on the show? Maybe if Matt had more class and could objectively give an interview than he would come in studio.

    1. Jimbob

      You’re 100% correct.

    2. bentucky

      In Matt’s defense the way McConnell and Grimes treated the interview was totally different. Grimes scheduled a time to be on the show, giving matt opportunity to prepare his questions and decide how to go about the interview. McConnell repeatedly ignored matt’s invitation to be on the show, Then lied to him about his availability, then ambushed him by calling the show and demanding to be put on right as the show goes to a hard break, just like they do everyday. In my opinion McConnell got treated how he deserved to be treated. Imagine if you were matt and a person treated you like that while you were trying to arrange to get them on your show.

      Get your head out of your Party line a$$

    3. sg24

      So you saying that Matt is a saint in all of this? Well Saint Matt, or I will just call CDB (colonel douche bag), laid his agenda out from the get go. CDB has been begging for this interview for weeks now. He has been prepared for this moment. If you were a political staffer for Mitch, would you advise him to go on CDB’s after he ridicules you every show? No. It has been well documented on the mocking that CDB has done at Mitch’s expense. CDB showed no respect before, during, or after the interview. Mitch never should have called in in my opinion. CDB does not give respect to any one that he comes in contact with. Mitch just returned the favor.

  42. tim

    Matt asking all the hard hitting questions, smfh

  43. Joe

    Barack Hussein Obama is an ISIS sleeper agent!

    1. a

      I miss when Isis meant Joanna Cassidy.

  44. Hartline

    This is the last great stand of the old comments section

  45. MC

    McConnells arrogance is a function of having this job since 1984. Close to half the state wasnt even born then. As for coal jobs, there was alot more of them in 1984 thats for sure. Now if all coal miners went to Rupp Arena, the miners would not even fill half of Rupp. The miners would barely be able to fill Memorial Coliseum.
    Blame whoever you want to blame on the coal losses, but you may want to blame capitalism! Oh it must be Obama you say, but Kentucky coal costs $70 a ton,North Dakota coal cost $10 a ton and natural gas is cheap. What would you buy?
    The only time McConnell is seen in Kentucky is when he is campaigning or going to a Louisville sports game. Im voting to retire the old man and make him stay in Louisville. Thats punishment enough!

    1. Jimbob

      It is certainly not capitalism. When the government regulates an industry, it hampers that industry. Are you saying the coal industry is loosely regulated? You are an idiot.

    2. bentucky

      When the government doesn’t regulate an industry we wind up with the financial meltdown we just went through. Because Industry isn’t going to watch out for you, the environment, or the country as a whole. It will do whatever it wants and F*ck who ever over to make profit. wait until kentucky has no more mountains and you can’t see ten feet in front of you because of smog and there are droughts covering the entire country because of global warming. Wait until we sink into famine because we cant grow crops, and we start having wars over water. The minor setback to our economy would be a blip on the radar screen of history compared to what will happen to our planet.

      research superfund sites, company dumping illegal waste and correllation to cancer, Duke energy chemical spills. remember when a huge portion of west virgina lost water because of a chemical spill because a corporation wasn’t following safety regulations?

      Remember when BP ignored safety and maintenance regulations leading to an oil spill that cost millions of gulf state people jobs and businesses, not even counting the damage done to the environment. yeah screw govt regulation though.

    3. Mary Martinez

      You are a wise person.

  46. Hoof Hearted

    Those who do not care for McConnell will never admit that he answered every question directly with substance, except for coming on Matt’s show to debate Grimes (Which is probably a good thing for Grimes). I honestly think McConnell should do more of these types of interviews. I don’t agree with everything he stands for, but he is CLEARLY the better candidate. So what if he’s been in office for 30 years?? Such a dumb argument. What matters is what has he done and tried to do while in office.

    All UK fans (that have been paying attention) love what Matt Jones has done for UK sports. He is the everyday person’s voice for the average UK fan. The only problem I have with Matt — and KSR in general since 2005 — is they have only been down one side of the fence politically… and expect all those that disagree to either deal with it or go away. Not a big deal. We ignore that part and move on. Maybe it would do Matt some good from time to time to admit that his point of view politically isn’t shared by a large portion of UK fans to which he broadcasts… and when interviewing a political figure,he should be a little more impartial. But whatever… the interview was mostly a good one.

    I rarely post on here and honestly don’t know why I’m wasting my time now… and I know you don’t care Matt, but let me put it in a way you might understand — Sometimes the way you come off to a large portion of UK fans when talking politics is the way you come off to Louisville fans ALL THE TIME. You get that, right? I cringe every time you get into politics.

    1. huntin chickens

      since the thread is closed….

      i agree with this ^^^ It’s almost hap-hazard to even delve into the topic of politics on this show any way. It’s one thing to do a subjective show on sports but entirely different when the same biased show tries to do something more serious i.e. politics. Your alienating your fanbase and the purpose of the show.

    2. Jimbob

      Well said by Hoof Hearted

    3. sg24

      First of all, Matt has done nothing for UK Sports. Everything he has done has been for himself. He is an intelligent person who has used the UK platform for the benefit of his own dreams.

      Other than that, I agree 100%

  47. LindaS

    he is a jerk, a bottom sucking, spineless, slime spewing arrogant pulling the Univ. of Kentucky Wildcats card in his attempt to come across better than Alison. Mitch said he would not to to the studio and would do the interview via the phone he is scared, he is afraid his voice will crack and he will start crying when Matt sees the look on his face and is able to say something else that will upset the idiot. He had a commercial that showed duke instead of UK for the 2012 winner of the NCAA. It was pulled quite quickly and corrected. He says he went to UK, but he fails to mention how much he does for and at UofL. We all know about his connections to the Koch Bros and how his wealth increased astronomically during the terms of Geo III and his war based on lies. He votes against anything that would help the American people, the little people, the people who do without but votes for anything that will line his pocket with more money. I have yet to meet anyone who has voted for him in the 30 years he has been there. I never have and never will.

    1. Speaker of Truth

      “I have yet to meet anyone who has voted for him in the 30 years” I’m going to go out on a limb and call you a liar. 😉

    2. Linda is a liar

      …and probably living on government assistance.

    3. bentucky

      Just like mitch Linda is a liar makes an unfounded accusation to spread doubt about someone

  48. UpperSectionStudent

    I was on board with Mitch until he opened his mouth about global warming and gay marriage. He’s out of touch with reality if he’s still against equal rights for the LGBT community in 2014.

    1. Speaker of Truth

      So because he has a different opinion than you he is a bad guy? Welcome to the world we live in today! If someone isn’t 100% on board with you they are bad.

    2. jhnny

      Believing in the continued discrimination against individuals who love one another is more than a “different opinion”

    3. Dictionary Dan!

      No, that’s EXACTLY what an opinion is:

      1. a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
      2. the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing.
      3. an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something.

    4. Jimbob

      So you are saying, who cares about issues like, coal (energy independence), taxes, small government vs big government, immigration (I could go on and on)? You are casting your vote on gay marriage and global warming? Scary stuff

    5. Android Guy

      Pretending to be a “minority” because you choose to engage in weird acts is dishonest and opportunistic.

    6. bentucky

      Yes global warming is terrifying, when you understand what will happen. We are talking about the extinction of the human race. Massive death and destruction. The smartest men in the world are betting against us because of morons like you who are too uneducated and ignorant to understand what Global warming means and that yes it is happening now.

    7. ukalum87

      You are an idiot, just because someone does not share your belief they are out of touch. Again you are an idiot.

    8. jhnny

      OK, but you guys have reformed the question-

      The original point was that Mitch was out of touch with his beliefs on Global Warming and Gay Marriage. Someone criticized that point by saying Mitch “just has an opinion and you are critical?” But wouldn’t you call someone whose opinion is to discriminate against blacks out of touch? Of course you would- and its the same thing with Mitch’s opinion on gay marriage. People who love one another should not be discriminated against, just because they are gay.

    9. ColoradoCat

      Interracial marriage is approved of by a majority of Americans, but that has only been true over the past 20 years, even though full legal access was granted in 1967. If Mitch were a Senator in the 60s, he probably would’ve been stamping and campaigning for restricting access for interracial couples to marry. LGBT marriage seems analogous these days. The difference is, it has reached majority approval in the US already. Judging by this, it does appear Mitch is out of touch on LGBT rights, and will appear more and more a dinosaur as time marches on.

      Source:http://xkcd.com/1431/

      As for climate change, a post above references a Guardian meta-analysis which found that around 97% of research articles that study climate science point to human causes for rising temperatures. Mitch calls it a “belief,” which Merriam Webster defines as (for my linguistic friend above, Dictionary Dan!):

      : a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true

      : a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable

      : a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone

      So, are you comfortable with the fact that one of the leading policy-makers in your country leans on a feeling, contrary to overwhelming scientific evidence, when making your policy? I’m not.

    10. Rwest

      There was a granmother and grandson in Indiana that wanted to get married but the law wouldn’t allow it.

      You stated: Believing in the continued discrimination against individuals who love one another is more than a “different opinion”.

      So I guess your saying that so long as two people love each other, then they should be allowed to get married. If so, then where do we draw the line? Can brother and sister get married but not father and daughter? When one makes the statement that they think two people that love each other should be allowed to be married, they rarely are looking at the overall picture of what that statement means.

      Peole argue their points only considering the gay and lesbian community. However, “two people that love each other” goes far beyond the gays and lesbians.

  49. beth

    OK, didn’t hear Mitch, but will listen in a bit…wanted to read the comments FIRST, just to see.

    I can tell you your political bent simply by the way you responded here. If you lean D, you hated it. If you lean R, you loved it. Also, your reaction to Matt is equally predictable. That’s called bias confirmation, which means you interpret things to go along with your world view.

    Maybe everyone should think about that for a minute before they start bashing the “other side,” which actually isn’t that different.

    1. Josephi Verbum

      Yes. These interviews get Matt ratings. That’s their only point. They change so little in the big picture. 90% of people listening in have already made their minds up. They are either looking to hate it or looking to love it. That’s pretty much all of politics and much of life. It’s subconscious a lot of times. BTW it’s “Confirmation Bias”.

  50. Really?

    Just because the liberal media and our clueless society deem it appropriate that marriage is for same sex doesn’t make it right. Check back in 20 years and you probably can marry your dog or your cat if you want. If we continue down the path we’re on. And it there is a world left in 20 years. But GO CATS!

    1. ColoradoCat

      It’s your lucky day then! Kentucky actually appears to have no legislation against bestiality! You can already have relations with your beloved dog and/or cat in our state! So, knowing that, gay legislation doesn’t seem so heinous, right?

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoophilia_and_the_law_in_the_United_States

  51. onlythefacts

    I can see the mad scramble inside ksr world headquarters, to reach the Grimes campaign as they find out Mitch is on the show.

  52. Patrick Quinn

    Always be prepared KSR…you are dealing with a professional here. My God, Mitch hasn’t missed a step, on the contrary, he seems to have acquired an even smoother approach (like a good bourbon) to obvious opposition attack clowns. Kentucky and politics is a “Gentleman’s Sport”, and you will meet no finer gentleman, than Mitch McConnell.

    1. Yep

      I concur. Mitch is a class act. Grimes is just another Obama supporter that is trying to hide that fact.

    2. bentucky

      Mitch McConnell is a dirty bought and paid for career politician. He doesn’t represent kentucky at all. He needs to go.

  53. kentuck1

    I like Alison Grimes. She is a fighter!

    1. Juanita Broadrick

      Yes she is, a fighter for Obama and Harry Reid.

    2. Allison hasn't done anything

      Who/what has she fought? She hasn’t done anything in her career, except use her daddy’s name to get elected to her current office.

    3. Say what?

      Oh yes. She is a fighter. She’s a fighter for everything that has been going wrong these last 6 years.

      Obama = Grimes

  54. Kyvoter

    Independent voter here, do not vote along party lines. Vote for the person who will do the best job for Kentucky. Do not listen to the news media as most lean heavily to the left, and most still carry that Obama torch that has got our state and nation in serious trouble. Grimes is all about Obama and McConnell is all about self preservation. There is really no good choice for the job, but I would rather have a senator from our state as a leader, as in majority leader than a follower like Grimes two steps behind Obama , Reid policies. Those will the head in the sand mentality should raise up and look at what is happening to our state with Beshears, Grimes leading it. With Beshears, Grimes in charge our state has more state debt than any other time in history. More people are depending on social programs than ever. Obamacare starting in 2016 will turn over to the states(who can not afford it). This is why Grimes wants out and Beshears will no longer be in office. Next governor will have to fix the mess.

    1. bentucky

      more people depend on social programs because of the situation they are in. Largely due to deregulation of finacial sectors, and trickle down theory instituted by reagan.

    2. kyvoter

      Disagree, most people depend on social programs because they want to, not because they have to. Programs were set forth as a stop gap between employments not a lifestyle choice which it has now became.

    3. Rick

      First off you’re not an independent voter. Your bias is obvious. Second, Google social program dependency studies. To say the majority of people choose to receive welfare or government assistance shows how little you know about the subject. There are dozens of good books and hundreds of studies out there concerning this issue, you will find ZERO that report findings that the majority of people who receive welfare choose to.

    4. Allen

      Allen – you’re citing an opinion based on limited observation in regard to social program dependence. There is an abundance of scientific research showing that people who are largely dependent on social programs are stuck in their social position not out of choice, but out of socioeconomic factors that limit their upward mobility.

      If you look at the financial policies that got our state and nation in the most trouble, they came from Republicans. Ernie Fletcher damn near broke the state and our state budget is still reeling from it, largely due to a completely dysfunctional state House and Senate who have been too busy playing political games instead of solving problems. The national economy collapsed under George W. Bush due to years of poor regulation and oversight.

      Sure, Obama has not done enough to fix it, but he’s been met with opposition from Mitch the entire way. How can he possibly fix anything when almost every suggest he has is met with “no” from a bunch of lifetime politicians whose only goal is to get re-elected and preserve their own income by pandering to Fox News?

      Another turd that Republicans try to fling at Obama is that gas prices have been the highest ever under him. This may be true on average over a number of years, but the national average price was the highest it has ever been under George Bush in 2008, 2+ months before Obama was even elected. Proof: http://www.GasBuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx?city1=USA%20Average&city2=&city3=&crude=n&tme=96&units=us

      Check out the cost between 6/04 and 9/13 2008. Almost $4.10 per gallon.

      Sorry to deviate on gas cost, but it’s just one of the easiest Republican lies to debunk.

      Think long and hard about how you vote in November. If you want the next two years to be an even bigger, dysfunctional mess than the last six have been, feel free to vote for Mitch. Mitch is also lying about repealing Obamacare. At this point, a repeal will not happen. Their best course of action is to improve and fix it into what it needs to be, but Mitch has no plan on how to do that. Look past the lies and see the man for what he is, a tired old weasel just trying to hang on to the job that has made him rich.

    5. Allen

      And I look like an idiot typing my name in the Comment box instead of kyvoters. Ah, well. It’s late and I’m three beers in for the evening, what do I care?

  55. Abe Henderson
    1. asdf

      James O’Keefe is a national treasure and the most fearless investigative journalist in America in many decades.

    2. St Ronnie was a moron

      Why have facts when you can use deadbart?
      As for the convicted criminal O’Keefe, your approval shows your true colors.

  56. Allison loves Obama

    ^^^^^^^^ This is real, and she will succumb to the Washington pressure once she is elected.

  57. the ghost of Bill Hicks

    I’d hate for Mitch to act with some tact and class….

  58. Bill in LA

    Did you notice how The Senator delayed answering the “who is your favorite player” question until one of his toadies could give him some names?

    1. Blue Moon of Kentucky

      noticed…. and that question would have gone unanswered in a face-to-face interview. what a toad.

    2. etown blue

      I am a huge UK fan and follow the team closely, if asked that question I would have to think about it. do I have to choose? The senator is a casual fan I am sure, so I doubt he has debated himself about who his favorite player is. it did require pause and thought.

    3. asdf

      I’m not sure who my favorite player is. I’d have to think on it a while. We have so many to choose from.

  59. PeopleWhoVoteOnSocial_Issues

    Independent voter here, not by party lines. I am not opposed to gay marriage, but much opposed to abortion. It really irks me that people vote purely on social issues. The issues in this country that affect 100% of the population (fiscal) should be the most important (obviously my opinion, but one I wish more people shared).

    1. Android Guy

      Shouldn’t everyone have the right to vote on whatever criteria they choose? To weaken that would defeat the whole purpose of having an election.

  60. Jim 1

    Obama needs Grimes, Ky and the United States of America does not need Obama. Why would we elect a state senator that will most likely support his failed policies, especially in the Commonwealth of Ky?

    I don’t necessarily like McConnell, but in the end we can’t afford another yes vote for Obama and the liberals who are destroying our nation.

  61. Raymod Montgomery

    I don’t care too much for Grimes, but if anyone can listen to Mitch and not hear that he is out of touch with Kentucky, then I have little faith the electorate. Send him back to Washington for six more years. He might fit at least two more pay raises for himself in before he finally retires. Perhaps he can increase his pension while he is there. The middle class in this country has not had a real wage increase in twenty years, but we keep sending the same representation back for a lifetime. We get what we deserve.

    1. Jimbob

      Send Grimes and you get a vote for Obama…is that really what you want?

    2. Term Limits

      There are no votes for Obama, you imbecile. You should look up the phrase “term limit” and apply it here.

      Does Mitch McConnell have someone posting his brand of election taglines in this thread or are people seriously this out of touch with reality? A representative democracy sounds like a good idea in theory, until you realize that ignorant people have the same vote as those who inform themselves.

    3. My oh my Mr. Montgomery

      Mr. Montgomery, did you not listen to the interview? Senator McConnell made it very clear raising the minimum wage would eliminate thousands of jobs in KY. Instead, you choose only to vote on the issues that will benefit yourself, but not benefit the greater good. Since I’m sure you don’t believe him in the first place, I will provide you with a free lesson on basic economics. Increasing a price floor, such as minimum wage, will cause the quantity of labor demanded to decrease (businesses will not be able to afford as many workers) and the quantity of labor supplied to increase, resulting in an excess supply of labor, or in layman’s terms, higher unemployment, or in your terms, less jobs. Obama is always “fighting for the middle class,” but by raising the minimum wage, he is taking money from those in the middle class who end up losing their jobs and giving it to those who are fortunate enough not to be laid off. If you do not believe me, look it up on google. That’s all anyone can do nowadays anyway.

      The only thing you are absolutely correct about is your last statement: “We get what we deserve.” If you want to get out of the middle class and make more than minimum wage, start saving and go to college and get a degree. I did, and because I worked my ass off and got close to straight A’s while I attended UK, I got what I deserved: a job paying way more than minimum wage. Get up off your butt.

    4. dave

      ^^^^^^ all very good points. except the economy & the world don’t exist in a vacuum. there are multiple factors when the minimum wage is increased. while mitch relies on a forecast, he doesn’t mention actual studies & reports that have job numbers go up after wage increases.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332879409/states-that-raised-minimum-wage-see-faster-job-growth-report-says

      but if you really want wages to increase then cutting health insurance costs across the board would help the most…

  62. Blue Moon of Kentucky

    “I think wrestling is on Monday night”….
    I just fell out of my chair. Great one Matt!

    1. JVice

      That was my least favorite line of the whole interview. It was the one where Matt gave up all pretense of being remotely impartial. After listening to both candidates on this show, you can certainly tell which one is the practiced career politician. Not that that’s a good thing.

  63. Android Guy

    Two possible scenarios:

    Mitch wins and is the Senate Majority Leader. Kentucky benefits from having the third or fourth most powerful person in Washington.

    Grimes wins and is a lowly freshman senator in the new minority party. Her only impact is to vote in vain against GOP efforts to repeal Obama’s anti-Kentucky and Anti-American policies. It does nothing to help Kentucky, but at least she makes buddies with Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    1. bentucky

      You don’t mention how kentucky benefits? It’s not magic, there is no transitive property that automatically makes kentucky get more jobs, better schools, or magically makes coal not the ditiest form of energy production.

    2. g

      Kentucky automatically benefits when the EPA loses some of its regulatory power, coal-fired plants go back into production. Mining permits get issued again. Miners go back to work.

      Kentucky benefits when Obamacare is sent to dustbin of history to spend eternity wasting away beside Stalin’s 5-year plans and other such bad ideas.

    3. Android Guy

      There are dozens of companies who are chomping at the bits to mine coal in Kentucky, and they can’t get the permits. All told, the number of permit requests that have been rejected have to reach into the triple digits. Every one of those is a lost potential mine that would have employed dozens at least.

  64. WestWorld

    Sometimes punching up is not a good idea.

    Well played Senator…

  65. jayiron11

    Great interview by Matt. Really good radio when Matt was told Mitch had called wanting to interview. The spontaneous nature of the moment really made for great listening. Matt was extremely professional and asked some good questions for 10 minutes notice. That said, veteran move by Mitch to take the interview on his terms. Being neutral leading up to this interview I’ve got to say that Mitch has my vote now. He didn’t say negative things about Grimes and that’s basically all she did. Constant negativity during her interview and not a lot about what she would do. I think the interview of both candidates says a lot ad to what they would offer if elected. Mitch is clearly more saavy and in a better position to do better things for the state. Personally I don’t want a senator that doesn’t have experience and uses personal attacks as a tactic to sway voters. Matt definitely won the Grimes interview but Mitch put about 60 Bign’s on Matt. I guess we’ll see who performs better doing the debate on KET Monday. Again, great radio and Mitch dominated the interview and had a lot of good points.

    1. KYBENGALS

      I was the exact same way before they came on I didnt really care to be honest but I couldnt agree more. She just sounded like a teenage girl mad at an ex-boyfriend, if she would have impressed in the interview it may have won my vote because I, like most kentuckians in my opinion are looking for a reason not to vote for mitch but shes just clueless. Awesome that KSR can represent that kind of platform for the state though tottally cool that they were both on.

    2. bentucky

      so you’re voting to keep a bought and sold career politician in office because he didn’t talk about how his competitor was bad? You should vote on how they contribute to the state and the nation, that’s like picking your march madness bracket by how cool the mascots are.

    3. ColoradoCat

      bentucky, I’m thinking jayiron11 is someone in Mitch’s camp. It is just too eloquently put for a KSR comments section political comment. It is a message to “other” undecided voters – that murky territory that supposedly decides every election – “I was undecided but here is a list of coherent reasons why candidate A is better than candidate B” while calmly pointing out “that candidate A has more experience and poise, and aren’t those really the things we want in a senator?”

      Idk, maybe it’s not a fake but it looks like a professionally crafted comment.

  66. wayne

    Wow… Mitch really fits in somewhere else (I don’t know where, ) but in my view, his old timey view of politics wasn’t helping him in this interview and this venue.

  67. KYBENGALS

    glad he came on but you could tell the entire time that he felt matt was going to be anti Mitch and thats probably why they were so hesitate to do it. I think he had the wrong opinion Matt was just as tough on Grimes or maybe even tougher. If you listen to both interviews and cant honestly say Mitch sounded way more like someone ready to be senator then your crazy. I may not love the guy but Grimes was a joke when she was on, she would rather bash him than say what she would do for the state.

    1. g

      Yes, Grimes has yet to release an ad that hasn’t been discredited, and that’s by Democrat-controlled newspapers like the LHL and CJ.

  68. Jaybird Davis

    Matt comes across as a liberal jerk supporting Grimes and Obama. I do not think the Gays support his gay show so why is he supporting the crook Grimes. Has he ever looked into her family and its past. Grow up as you are on a roll now but the only way to go is down?

    1. jhnny

      “Matt comes across as a liberal jerk…I do not think the Gays support his gay show…”

      Ladies and Gentleman, a Mitch McConnell supporter.

  69. Betty Boop

    Ever notice how the right side of Grimes’ face doesn’t match the left side? Draw a vertical line through the center of her face and the two halves are totally different. She’s like a composite person. I wouldn’t trust a person who looks like that..

    1. AMIRITE

      SHE A REPTILIAN LIVING UNDER THE DENVER AIRPORT THAT MANAGES ALL THE CHEMTRAILS

    2. Bandaloop

      All people share that trait – check yourself out in a mirror; cover half your face, then the other half – better yet, use a second mirror to create a whole face from just 1/2. Very few people have faces that are perfectly symmetrical.

  70. kentuck1

    Also, my read on the interview was that McConnell feels that he might be in a little trouble in this race and he wanted to address a couple of constituencies – UK fans and the coal miners. The latest polls, showing Grimes ahead, has McConnell and his supporters a little worried. The smile has disappeared from their faces and they’re ready for the knife fight. The reality is dawning. This might not be so easy this time?

    As for coal, those are the best-paying jobs in Eastern Kentucky. There aren’t many left. Most of the folks there are lucky to get a job for minimum wage. But, for some reason, many like to blame the black guy in the White House for all the problems in the coal industry. However, supply and demand is probably a bigger problem than Barack Obama. When you see the gas wells on the mountain side, you are looking at less coal needed. When you see the boom in oil in North Dakota and America actually exporting oil, you are looking at less coal needed. When you see the solar panels covering acres of land and windmill farms producing electricity, you are looking at less coal needed. For better or worse, the energy supply of our country is changing.

    The future will be not only about finding markets abroad for Kentucky coal, but finding jobs for miners that no longer are needed in the coal mines. How do we get new jobs into Kentucky? How do we re-train workers to find new jobs? Which candidate will have the vision and energy to help the people of Eastern Kentucky as the times change? That is the question that must be asked.

    Personally, I would like to see the Senators and Representatives of Kentucky work to get windmill farms on the tops of the mountains that have been stripped away and washed down the river. I would like to see their production and installation in our state. They could create many more jobs than crossing our fingers and hoping the mining jobs return. And it could help a lot more people in our state.

    Personally, I cannot see a lot that Mitch McConnell has done in his thirty years in Washington, other than to enrich himself, like most of the long-time politicians up there. In my opinion, Alison Grimes is a strong, independent woman, not tied to Barack Obama or Harry Reid, and will vote for what is best for the state of Kentucky, not her Party. That is just my opinion.

    1. Android Guy

      That ditzy bimbo can’t even speak unless her daddy or Obama pulls her string.

    2. asdf

      Mitch actually authored and got legislation passed to retrain miners.

    3. Term Limits

      Mitch didn’t mention re-training miners or having a forward-thinking plan to move Kentucky (specifically Eastern Kentucky) forward in light of changing energy sources though, did he? Natural gas is the new energy source of the future and American exports of LNG are about to explode as various pipelines and end terminals are built in Louisiana and Maryland.

      He mostly said “GRR OBAMA COAL COAL COAL COAL I LOVE COAL EPA = EVIL COAL.” So as demand continues to decrease and coal mining communities continue to suffer because voters seized on McConnell’s apparent belief that his support for the coal industry will overcome global and economic reality, who will be the next whipping boy for the ignorant voting masses?

      It certainly won’t be the uninformed voter taking responsibility.

    4. Android Guy

      Even with natural gas booming, demand for coal would still be steady were it not for the EPA. The decline in the last six years is almost totally artificial and caused by regulation.

    5. dave

      android guy – coal production is down 60% since 2000. you know, long before obama & his war on coal.
      http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/10/7/5-days-in-kentuckywaroncoal.html
      and the greenhouse regulation that the epa have imposed, KY was already 30-40% to the targeted drop when they were announced….

  71. Bobojimmye

    What a smug ass….I have no idea how anyone could keep this jerk in office another 6 years

  72. asdf

    Does anyone really think Grimes would join Republicans in voting against Obama’s immigration reform or to strip the EPA of some regulatory powers? Manchin in West Virginia is loudly anti-Obama, but he always hops in line when Harry Reid tells him to. The talk is all talk.

    1. Shawn

      Grimes Is about as anti-republican as you can get. Grimes Is anti-coal, pro-gay marriage, a gun grabber, pro choice and her economic beliefs are borderline communist. How Is anything she does good for Kentucky? There Is a reason why Mitch has been In office for so long………he knows what he Is doing, our parents knew that, our grand parents knew that….why Is It so hard for this generation to understand that? Everyone wants to go for the new kid on the block that has no clue what they are doing except for when they sling mud and lie.

  73. UK Engineering

    They mocked a sitting U.S Senator to his opponent on live radio. Then mocked him 5 minutes before he called in… Id be pissed as well

    1. bentucky

      In Matt’s defense the way McConnell and Grimes treated the interview was totally different. Grimes scheduled a time to be on the show, giving matt opportunity to prepare his questions and decide how to go about the interview. McConnell repeatedly ignored matt’s invitation to be on the show, Then lied to him about his availability, then ambushed him by calling the show and demanding to be put on right as the show goes to a hard break, just like they do everyday. In my opinion McConnell got treated how he deserved to be treated. Imagine if you were matt and a person treated you like that while you were trying to arrange to get them on your show.

      Get your head out of your Party line a$$

  74. Mxyzptlk

    Is Carlton running as a write-in candidate now?

  75. q-tip

    I thought Matt acted partisan and childish. Then he said he couldn’t watch the KET debate because of wrestling. Very sophisticated indeed.

    1. bentucky

      In Matt’s defense the way McConnell and Grimes treated the interview was totally different. Grimes scheduled a time to be on the show, giving matt opportunity to prepare his questions and decide how to go about the interview. McConnell repeatedly ignored matt’s invitation to be on the show, Then lied to him about his availability, then ambushed him by calling the show and demanding to be put on right as the show goes to a hard break, just like they do everyday. In my opinion McConnell got treated how he deserved to be treated. Imagine if you were matt and a person treated you like that while you were trying to arrange to get them on your show.

      Get your head out of your Party line a$$

    2. danville cat

      bentucky,
      Do you really believe that a US Senator deserves to be treated with anything but respect? Matt was totally out of line. If I was Mitch, I would not have graced his show. The lack of common decency and manners in our society is quite shocking. I don’t care if you agree or disagree, the man deserves respect for the office he holds. I for one lost a lot of respect for Matt Jones after that attack.

    3. BRUCE MAYNARD

      DANVILLE CAT, THAT IS EXACTLY WHY POLITIICIANS GET AWAY WITH SCREWING ALL OF US. THEY ARE JUST PEOPLE. BUT BEYOND THAT THEY ARE MOSTLY DIRTY CATFISH LAWYERS.. RESPECT IS EARNED.. MITCH DITCHED KY YEARS AGO…

  76. scot

    just another career politician – after 40 years in the senate mitch hasn’t done anything for anybody that didn’t benefit himself. if you own a bank or an oil company I understand why you would vote for this guy…. but anybody else?

  77. Shawn

    I also thought Matt let his liberal beliefs show through way too much. Remember who and what got you to where you are Matt. After two weeks of Matt antagonizing him, making him the butt of a joke and trying to influence peoples votes on the radio I would have come out defensive as well. In fact I wouldn’t have even come on the show If I were Mitch. While I love Matt’s radio personality when It comes to sports and I love KSR In general, I have absolutely no likeness to his political views and I dont appreciate his agenda taking front row to what the show normally Is. Please keep politics off KSR Matt. Im begging you. Please do not force me to listen to another show from 9-11 every day. This has been my favorite site ever since I stumbled upoin It years ago. Nothing will ruin that like politics and hidden agendas.

    1. Android Guy

      Agreed!

      (That and if they make the comments section require Facebook)

    2. Boom

      +1

    3. etown blue

      +2

    4. danville cat

      AGREED. Matt should stick to sports. If not, I’ll gladly find another station.

    5. cat89

      Agreed

    6. Steady

      You’re correct.

  78. Double D

    I read the comments before I listened to the interview. First, very smart of the Senator to not let Matt prepare. Second, I thought he gave great answers on ObamaCare and E.P.A. This does not sound like a tired, old man. He didn’t want to bash gay marriage but he stayed with the majority of Kentuckians on that issue (if you believe the polls). He did not attack Grimes but attacked President Obama – also smart. I thought McConnell did a good job but he probably was a little more defensive than he had to be because Matt was pretty clearly a little intimidated. Nobody who votes for the Senator is voting for him because they think he is a hilarious person, it is because he is effective at getting things done. That’s my take. Good job on Matt having enough audience to warrant the Senator calling.

  79. GrumpyOldMan

    I loved it! Reminded me of my summer house and having to yell at those pesky kids to GET OFF MY LAWN! Nothing like the gears of progress grinding to a halt, no matter the expense. Also, discrimination has been around for years…why stop now? And health care???? Don’t get me started. Just because you are a cancer survivor doesn’t mean you should be entitled to buy healthcare at affordable costs. You people need to get a life. This race is for a seat in the Senate for a government “Of the Rich, By the Rich, and For the Rich.” Mitch is the logical choice!

    1. Android Guy

      So you support Obamacare doubling people’s insurance rates, while stripping 700 billion from Medicare? And leaving about the same number uninsured as before. The only winners were the insurance companies who Obama chose to FORCE people to buy from (which still should be unconstitutional regardless of what John Roberts says).

    2. NotGrumpy

      Mr. Guy, your comment is lacking is over generalized and lacking in the facts department. And something tells me your opinion on Constitutional law is a little less valid than John Roberts (who I normally disagree with).

    3. not grumpy too

      Grumpy,
      If by rich, you mean people that work and pay taxes. Then, YES.

    4. Android Guy

      Anyone who truly thinks that the purpose of Obamacare is to be a tax does not deserve to be on the Supreme Court. Even Obama insisted that is was NOT a tax.

  80. Yasmin Vino

    Thanks to this interview I am voting Mitch.

  81. Beatle Bum

    UGH!

  82. Bob

    to each their own opinion. As for me “Ditch Mitch”!

  83. Obama Enthusiast

    Nice jab Senator.

  84. danville cat

    Interview was conducted like a true liberal Dukie. Very unprofessional. I enjoy KSR website. Interview made me realize why people don’t like Matt Jones. I won’t be listening to podcasts or anything else where Matt “Dukie” Jones is talking. Anoying like fingernails on a chalkboard.

    1. Jim

      Best thing for Matt would be for a mentor (buzz baker) to point out how rude and condescending Matt comes across

  85. Daniel S.

    Ditch Mitch.

  86. Jody Thompson's stone wash jeans

    I am sure that some of you think that somehow Grimes has a chance. Grimes can’t win for one reason and one reason alone. Barrack Obama. You can mark that down. While Mitch is not a conservative in the least he is 1,000X better than Grimes. Barrack Obama is the most toxic, infantile and destructive President we have had in modern history. Without a compliant media and the dead voting he would have never been elected in 2012 and the country will continue to suffer while he play golf a pulls on a heater.

    1. Mary Martinez

      “BBBB- By all measures, President Obama has outperformed every modern President. The easiest comparison would be to President Reagan, whose economic performance was superb.”

      Quotes from Forbes Interview.

  87. cat89

    Stick to UK Sports Matt. That is your apparent strength. Trading blows with a professional politician is apparently not a strength of yours. You actually should be proud of that. When you inject your political views into an arena that was created for UK sports you alienate 50% of your audience. I along with a growing number of Americans are turning away from sports for that very reason. Many tune in / Log in for entertainment and to unplug or escape the social ills of our times. Today’s sports coverages is more political than ever. Spouse abuse, race, ethnic heritage, rape, DUI’s, adultery, it’s one political ideology or agenda after another. Good grief.
    Also Matt – it’s no longer referred to as “global warming” the political term being used now is “climate change.” Apparently a more vague term suits this political agenda better. Kind of hard to argue that our climate doesn’t change. Been doing that long before the industrial revolution.

  88. keenelandexpansion

    Why allow comments on Sen. Mcconnell’s thread, but not Allison Grimes thread? Just curious.

  89. uk2k

    Team Mitch!

    Senate majority leader. It’s a no brainer unless you’re a liberal with no brain.

  90. uk2k

    From the looks of this comment section alone were looking at a 80/20 Mitch contingency. It would be more like 90/10 if bentucky would quit posting the same thing over and over.
    Know your audience ksr. You’re going to lose us one day if you dont.

    1. Rick

      You are bad at math.

  91. Larry

    Vary good interview considering it was spontaneous. We need change in Ky for the very reasons he supports. All the points he made favor the rich and his wealthy friends. Ditch Mitch please!!

  92. Kelly

    I hope we can move past political stuff now. I get enough of that on TV….The radio show is my Kentucky SPORTS show!!

  93. Axe Cop

    As someone who now lives in another state therefore I cannot vote but has listened to both interviews…Grimes basically repeated the same three or four soundbites and McConnell actually talked about real things he accomplished. Both dodged easy yes/no questions (Grimes probably more so). But there is no question Mitch is a COLOSSAL a-hole. My wife worked with his daughter (his daughter couldn’t stand him, at least at that time) and my Dad has interacted with him before and said he was a jerk. I think he came off that way today.

  94. Android Guy

    The only Kentuckians who appear to be benefiting from Obama are those on the draw, and Obama has been trying hard to put as many working people on the draw as possible. A dependent, impoverished class of Americans is key to Liberal Power, which is why they favor policies designed to put people out of work and on government assistance for life.

  95. Jason

    I know this is Matt’s show but if he continues down the path of partisan politics, for either side, I will quit listening as will lots of others…sports is the way most of us get away from CNN and Fox News and brings fans together regardless of party…don’t ruin a good thing by dividing up your fan base…UK Sports is our hiatus from the political mess…don’t take that away from us. If you want to occasionally do these interviews fine…but don’t play sides…because as dry and annoying as MITCH is a lot of folks agree with his views…

    1. Rickey P.

      I’d rather listen to Finebaum than talk politics with Matt.

  96. Eggs Ackley

    Just remember that for the Democrats to win, they have to fool you. They have to tell you they’re for something (the coal industry or the second amendment) that they are absolutely against. The have to tell you you can keep your plan, or your doctor, that it will save you $2,500, that it was that U-Tube video, that the IRS didn’t do anything wrong. They will tell you about all those ‘shovel-ready jobs you’ll get for a trillion dollars or they have no idea how those guns got in the hands of thoss Cartel members or how secure the border is. If there was a vote that would seat a Supreme Court justice that would sway the court to the left and assure repeal of the second amendment and Obama needed Grime’s vote, do you think she would tell him how much she supported the second amendment?

    A vote for her is a vote for Obama. It’s that simple.

    1. Axe Cop

      What’s U-Tube?

  97. kentuck1
  98. Derek

    Honestly, I didn’t hear anything particularly hostile in this interview. Sure, there were a few “tense” moments, if you call them that. But nothing to get worked up about.

  99. Catsby90

    Big fan of Matt Jones when it comes to sports, but I hate listening to him ask a loaded question about raising the minimum wage, at least do some research before you ask a United States Senator a question like that. All renown economists agree raising the minimum wage is bad for a market economy and causes an overload of negative externalities (i.e. shift from unemployment to non-employment, as well as a massive black market for labor). It would take someone less than a half an hour to figure that out. C’mon Matt Jones. Go Cats!

    1. jhnny

      “…hate listening to Matt Jones ask a loaded question about raising the minimum wage…”

      Asking if the minimum wage should be raised is a loaded question? Ladies and gentlemen….a Mitch McConnell supporter.

  100. Matt Jones

    I disagree with Senator McConnell on 100% of the issues. Take gay marriage for example. If Drew Franklin and I want to get married, it is our business and no law should deny us that option. That said, I am grateful to Senator McConnell for coming on the show.

    1. Catsby90

      http://mises.org/daily/6714/How-Minimum-Wage-Laws-Increase-Poverty

      Please do some research on the minimum wage, I agree with you on gay marriage though. Big fan, but you’re wrong about minimum wage! Go cats!

    2. Jason

      And that is your right…but force feeding your stances in the arena you have is like you talking about how great UL is…We don’t want to hear that…We want sports, and mainly UK Sports!!! Hence “Kentucky SPORTS Radio” not “Kentucky Sports Radio and Liberal Politics”

    3. RICK

      Matt you just made me sick, sorry man love KSR but may have to try and find another show.

    4. Axe Cop

      Most of the rest of the civilized world disagrees with you dumb conservative hillbillies. You are a dying breed, we’ll just wait you guys out while you kill your bodies and minds on fast food and MMA

  101. Food Stamps Cat

    I love Obama.

    Obama, Obama, Obama

    1. Stay classy Cleveland

      How you trade on food stamps for Obama phone?

  102. Kampus Korner

    Matt, did a great job in questioning Mitch especially since he had less than 10 minutes to prepare for the interview. Even though the Senator is a seasoned political veteran, Matt’s questions frequently backed Mitch into a corner on many of his canned responses. Mitch’s answers sounded scripted, foolish and just like the stereotypical political hack often portrayed in the movies and television whose principal mission is to serve the needs of his ego rather than serve the best interests of the people he was elected to represent.

    Mitch reminds me a lot of Richard Nixon in that he has little to no social skills. His feeble attempt at faux, awkward and ill timed laughter in response to Matt’s unrelenting pleas to be on his show to debate Alice Lundergan Grimes caused him to sound brutally inept.

    Mitch also seriously undercut his own credibility as a truth teller. Instead of simply admitting that he pulls for Louisville (which he does) when they play UK, he tried to dance on the top of a fence rail by insisting he didn’t pull for either team because he attended both schools. Mitch is asking voters to believe the unbelievable. I am 64 years old. I have traveled all over the state of Kentucky on business and for pleasure. I work a lot in Louisville. I know a lot of Louisville fans. I know some Louisville fans who can pull for UK when they are not playing Louisville. I know very few Kentucky fans who pull for Louisville when they are not playing UK, but there are a few. However, I have yet to encounter or even hear of a native born Kentuckian or a Kentucky resident who, has some minimal interest in sports, who has honestly proclaimed they are “neutral” when UK and UL play one other. Instead of being honest in his response to such a banal question, he disingenuously opted to be “politically correct”

    Mitch, it is ok to pull for Louisville when they play UK or anybody else. It is not ok to lie about it when you are the Minority Floor Leader of the United States Senate and seeking reelection. If you will lie about such a trivial matter how can you be trusted with more important issues?

    Unfortunately, I find little to support about Mitch’s opponent, Alice Lundergan Grimes. She does not come across as being very genuine or knowledgeable enough to be a United States Senator. In her campaign, she has merely regurgitated Democratic political speech. I have not witnessed any independent thought or intelligent reflection about any matters of national significance. In this election, I wish there was an option to select: “None of the Above”.

    In any event, Matt, you conducted an excellent and interesting interview.

  103. liberalhere

    Mitch stuck to his principles and I thought generally smacked Matt around a little bit. Wish Matt would of had more time to prepare he was obviously taken back a little.

    Mitch did just facilitate a huge passage of an act to identify three Kentucky counties to receive aid for high drug traffic volume. Seems that is getting not much pub as many families as drugs devastate in this great state.

  104. snow1985man

    Does anyone have tape of Sen. McConnell referring to President Bush as “Bush” the way he refers to President Obama as “Obama”?

    1. Not sure but

      I noticed the same thing. However I believe he may just be making fun of Obama a little, as does the rest of the country and world.

  105. MBP14

    I’m a registered Republican but this interview just turned me off Mitch. He does exactly what I hate from GOP candidates, and that is no matter what just bring it back to Obama. I didn’t vote for Obama either time and I don’t agree with him politically, but it just gets really old to hear. It was like that from Democrats with Bush back in 06-08 too. McConnell just came off as bitter the whole time. He’s been in Washington for far too long and it shows. I’m not voting for him OR Grimes, so hopefully there’s a 3rd party candidate worth voting for. Now go ahead and rip me apart for my opinion, comment section.

    1. MBP14

      And from a Kentucky fan standpoint… It is impossible to be equal parts Kentucky and Louisville at the same time in my opinion. Or Yankees and Red Sox, UNC and Duke…. That’s why its a rivalry

  106. BlueNotes

    I believe in conservative values – but damn – Mitch deserves to get his ass kicked after that interview. Here’s is HOW he should have answered….

    1) Minimum wage is bad economics. Let’s face it everyone wants a pay raise – the guy who doesn’t is probably a thief. But wages are a cost – and businesses will either pass it on (which means it becomes an illusion) or they’ll cut jobs. The independent CBO say – it’ll cut 17,000 jobs. I don’t plan to be party to firing 17,000 people. That would be stupid.

    2) Marriage is between a man and a woman. Frankly, if the elephant wants to call itself a chicken, it can do so – but that won’t change the fact that its still an elephant. On the other hand, there are issues regarding the disposition of property and inheritance and benefits that all deserve legitimate attention and they can be handled with effective legislation that requires no change at all in the historical, religious, and traditional definition of marriage. You can easily solve the problem without having to change the definition of marriage – however, some folks are intent on politicizing the issue and intentionally want to provoke a divisive viewpoint.

    3) I think you have to assume the worst case and prepare for it – when it comes to global warming. The dilemma is that if America is the only one that prepares – we can’t make the changes ourselves – we’re a whisper in a hurricane. In addition, radical change – without sound technology and sound science – would devestate our economy. So you can’t be a fool and decide to stop traffic by jumping out into the middle of the expressway. We need to commit to steady progress and figure out the economic benefit of these changes so that Americans don’t needlessly suffer. Maybe someday there will be an electric bulldozer,, but for right now if we want to build a road – we need to do it today with the equipment we have.

    1. Scott

      Why don’t people like you run for election instead of these know-nothing talking heads that we get instead?

      Seriously, great post.

    2. ColoradoCat

      Really well-put arguments. These are certainly stronger than anything Mitch put together. While I don’t agree with you on much, your arguments are far more compelling than Mitch’s.

      1) Ok, so economists say minimum wage is bad. What is minimum wage, really? It’s a band-aid answer to systemic issues. Our economy is in serious trouble. The economy as a whole pulled out of the recession and has shown a pattern of recovery, yet why does it still feel so hard for the vast majority of hard-working Americans to get by? The reason is that the alarming bulk of the wealth produced post-recession has gone to the highest rungs of the economic ladder. Middle-class earnings, when inflation-adjusted, have stagnated for around 40 years, while the top 1% of earners have tripled their wealth in that same time span. In addition to this massively skewed distribution of funds, we are not creating jobs in this country at the rate needed. Thanks to free trade agreements and tax havens, corporations have moved most of their operations off-shore, robbing Americans of jobs. So here is what I would propose. End tax havens for corporations. Increase the income tax for the ultra-wealthy; it is at its lowest in the history of this country and that is adversely affecting the majority of Americans. Try to bring jobs back. Put the newfound tax money into research programs, scholarships, and towards the minimum wage increase, if needed.

      2) This is an eloquently put version of the straw-man argument most republicans hide behind because they realize “because the Bible says so” is not a valid argument when making policy. Men and women are not separate species, nor are individual men and individual women separate species within their respective genders. Men and women should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation. Your “on the other hand” points are well-taken but reek of the “separate-but-equal” lines of thought that pervaded the pre-Civil-Rights-Movement era and have been all but discredited.

      3) The USA is an economic, cultural, and societal leader in the world, but unlike most other developed nations, has not acknowledged the harmful effects of human-induced climate change. 97% of scientific articles on the topic agree that climate change is real and humans are to blame. Many other countries have taken steps to offset this issue; Denmark, for example, is fully powered by renewable resources. It is time for the US to step forward and take ownership of their responsibility in affecting climate change by working to reduce its effects, with invigorated research into renewable energy techniques and dedication to installing these systems throughout the country.

  107. Independent Voter

    After I heard Grimes on KSR last week, I decided to just sit out this year’s mid-term elections.

    But after I heard Mitch on KSR today, I decided that I would vote, after all . . . for Grimes . . . while holding my nose.

    1. shocked

      If that interview made up your mind, then you shouldn’t be voting.

    2. MBP14

      And you have the right to make that decision, shocked? It’s the guy’s opinion, take it easy.

  108. hamburgdon

    I did not listen to the show but caught the video, now either you left something out or Mitch has dementia he said you been going on for 30 minutes the video is just a little over 13 minutes. He seemed to be a little arrogant, I think this helped me make up my mind I will vote for Grimes.

    1. Android Guy

      I thought he said “thirteen”.

  109. RICK

    Matt, Do us a favor and keep politics off KSR. We all know you are a dye hard democrat and Obama supporter. Normally i would not do this but since you want to hae politics on your show, PLEASE VOTE REPUBLICAN AND LETS GET THE COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK.

  110. Android Guy

    Normally I am a term limits guy, but this is a unique and special opportunity for Kentucky to get an extremely powerful position in Washington. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER.

    If we pass up this opportunity, we deserve to continue sucking from the hind teat like we have for generations.

    1. RICK

      Well said

  111. joan minton

    Matt … love your sports commentary — not political views or entering into the political arena. Many folks on both sides hear only what they want to hear and never do the research. It’s all about soundbites and commercials. I’m sick of the backstabbing commercials (BOTH sides) and I’m sick of celebrities or those in seats of communications in areas other than politics trying to sway votes to “their” way of thinking. If Alison wins, we lose. If Mitch wins, we lose .. so do you vote for someone that has NO experience or do you vote for someone who at least knows how things work on the hill? Your choice! I ask EVERYONE to get out and vote!

  112. Travis

    While I agree with many of you that no matter who wins this race we all still lose, and the fact that Mitch has been in office for far to long. I can not vote for ALG. ALG supports Obama in many ways and I don’t agree with many of his policies. The one that has affected me most directly is the Affordable Care Act, my health care insurance premiums have skyrocketed while my coverage has hit rock bottom. I’m at the point where I would rather not have coverage but I am FORCED to be covered my by works plan through the new “laws”. My family can not afford this going forward and I will never vote for anyone who supports it.

  113. shorty blue

    Wow, objectively speaking, MM blew ALG away. Anyone that heard those interviews and votes for ALG is just playing politics

  114. Billy C Gilisi'ie

    MATT NEEDS SOME GIRL TO LET HIM HAVE SOME. Is he getting good any?IS HE WAS HE WOULD NOT BE SO ANGRY ALL THE TIME. GET MATT A WOMAN.COM

  115. roundball fool

    Enjoyed the interview.

    Mitch and the rest of the D.C. deadbeats need to go!

  116. Tuntity

    I will say this. Mitch answered the questions he was asked, Allison did not, Allison danced around the questions and frequently talked about Mitch. Mitch not only answered the questions he was asked but also only mentioned Allison’s name once in reference to graduating from uk.

  117. steel arm

    It really goes to show you how both MM & Grimes have fallen that they would appear on a little political show like KSR.
    Seems like desperation has set in in both camps.

  118. kyblue

    Watch this video and see if you really think McConnell is against Gay marriage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaQQxJsuDJg18 minutes in front of Congress/the Nation(C span) crying about his Chief of Staff leaving him for a better paying job. There is loyalty and there is over the top and acting like a complete fool. Skip to 7 min. mark if you are pressed for time. How many times has Mitch stood and cried in front of Congress over the loss of ONE of the thousands of soldiers killed in action since 2003? Be sure to read the comments made about the video of our Kentucky Senator. If you are proud of the job done in the White House over the last 14 plus years you are either a fool or a lair One constant since 2000 Mitch McConnell, Majority or Minority what has he done besides line his own pockets? Ironic to think when he ran in 1984 he was for “Term Limits”. $ 193,400 (2014 Senate Minority Leader salary) You really think he cares about the average
    Kentuckian?

  119. Sam Sloss

    McConnell’s answers were disturbing and dishonest. ACA (Kynect) has been a blessing for Kentucky. More people have health insurance and it has lowered the cost of insurance for the rest of us. It was not cost jobs but created jobs. What does it mean that he opposes civil rights for our gay/lesbian citizens? Will he waste tax money trying to cram them back into the closet? And pretending that he will bring back coal jobs is silly. Automation, natural gas, solar, and wind are destroying coal jobs. Next he’ll promise to bring back jobs for blacksmiths and livery stables ruined by the auto industry.

    1. Travis

      No it has not created jobs it has killed jobs and I have seen in first hand. Many companies are now using temp workers contracted in. These people make far less money than they would if they were hired on by these companies directly but many of these companies don’t want more full time workers because of the new healthcare system. You can like it if you want but take a look around companies are moving to other countries to avoid Obama and his regulations and laws. You can only milk the working class and the big companies so long before everyone is run dry then what will you do?

  120. Chicago Chris

    When I see 250+ comments, I skip to the end to see the devolution.

  121. Steady

    Matt, dont worry you can get married in 30 other states to your boyfriend. 🙂

  122. LeeHoFook

    i had lost hope in the UK fan base, because i thought they all were liberal/progressives… yet this is my favorite bunch of replies ever. you can tell the kids from the adults, because they are out of class, or in between classes and spewing what their profs have instilled in them. now to be fair, i love ksr and i make matt money by clicking all the time. but matt isnt big enough to change us from red to blue or even purple. he can preach his political lean from now on, and i will vote against it and so will the majority of kentuckians. i am not a mcconnell fan, but i will not vote grimes, because there are too many of her type in washington to suit me already. one last thing. matt you got schooled today by an older, much wiser, person of knowledge. he was ready for anything you pulled, and headed you off. stick to sports bud.

    1. Steve B.

      Yep. Right on!

    2. JC

      Or we have to work real jobs and aren’t having our butler’s and secretaries write our comments for us. It is that attitude that is killing America right there. You old man, are killing America. Get on Social Security and socialized insurance for old people soon.

  123. Secretariat

    Looks like the HuffPost has picked this up…http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5953262?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

  124. ConcernedListener

    I didn’t like Matt’s tone in the interview – he let his bias get in the way. Clearly Mitch was prepped to expect this, and probably went overboard with his defensive tone early in the interview. I’m a big MJ fan, but not impressed with this one today…

    1. MR

      Well said….please stick to sports, many of us look to this site for temporary relief of the political lanscape.

  125. DavyDowner

    During Obama’s first term Mitch said his main priority was to make sure Obama was a one term president. As a Kentuckian I was hoping his main priority was improving the lives of the people of KY. But what is really disappointing is the fact that Mitch put so much focus on making Obama a one term president and failed miserably. Obama won and it wasn’t even close. Mitch is jealous of President Obama just like many Kentuckians are. Thirty years in DC and not one run for the oval office? Really? Many of you Mitch supporters sound like talk radio clones. Listening to Rush every day doesn’t mean you’re intelligent. It just means you’re BORING.

  126. Observer

    Good job, Sen. McConnell. Shame on Matt for being so immature.

  127. uk2k

    If this comment board is any prediction, McConnell by a landslide.

    Nice try libs.

    1. jhnny

      Hmmm, you do not count very well. Google the Count from Sesame Street.

  128. Steve B.

    I see where Matt is on the Pinko Network tonight with Comrade O’Donnell. And to think, I knew Matt back when he was merely a BBN supporter with a great sports site.

  129. Nick

    So I caught KSR after Mitch’s interview and kept hearing from Matt how angry the senator was. I just listened to the replay and didn’t feel that way. I thought Matt seemed to be his usual, disrespectful and dislikable self…but thought Mitch was pretty agreeable.

  130. uk2k

    Matt Jones heading to the Lawrence Odonnell show and were not aloud to post about it?
    Keep your liberal garbage to yourself. You and Lemon can go to California and get married and be happily gay.

    I for one will never return to KSR after this sickening day. Good luck, but when your fan base is 90% conservative republicans and you decide to start spewing your liberal garbage, its time to leave.

    Farewell KSR

    1. jhnny

      Ummm, looks like you just posted.

  131. MC

    McConnell is a tool if the rich. He cannot and does not relate to average Joe Six Pack Kentuckian. If you think McConnell understands those if us who work to pay our mortgages, I have a bridge over the Kentucky River Ill sale you. I won’t support anyone who does relate to me at all.

    1. Say what?

      Huh?

  132. JJ

    Seems to me Matt is bound and determined to be loathed by both the Dirty Bird fanbase AND BBN. Oh well. As long as he gets good Big Blue info I’ll continue to check the site out. I don’t have to love or respect MJ in order to enjoy his site. After all, he doesn’t need my love. He already has Lemon’s. And it looks like gay marriage is eventually coming to Kentucky. It’s just a matter of time. Go Big Blue!!!!

  133. james

    Matt you do a great job with the show, hate Mitch but you guys got owned today by an old political cat. You should have never agreed to take his call like that, gotta hand it to ol mitch on this one.

  134. MC

    Dear UK2K, why do you have a hard time listening to other opinions? It doesn’t mean you have to change your mind, but I can see why you support McConnell. He is a my way or the highway person too. There is never any growing then. By the way if you think 90 percent of UK fans are REPUBLICAN you will probably start cheering for Alabama when you find out that it is closer to 50 percent maybe. Enjoy the day.

  135. law1127

    I’m on Medicare and I can testify to the facts that since obamacare,my prescription drugs have doubled,my deductibles have ballooned ! The statements being made about obamacare and it’s benefits,are nothing but fabrications by political hacks,who view reality and first hand facts as optional! I’m a small business owner , and I can flatly state that you think twice now,about hiring new employees. Matt may be a Duke law school graduate ,but I have a civil engineering degree and 46 years of private business ownership that has survived Obama ,and Matts inexperience in real world finance/economics is obvious every time he ventures into these discussions! Typical liberal,who has no direct experience in managing a business,that isn’t a part of show/entertainment field! Best stick to bs and entertainment,not areas of ignorance! By the way,the other Matt that went to Transylvania with you says, he’s glad you’re a talker/b….losh…ter,cause you sure as hell weren’t much on the intermural court!

    1. JC

      My insurance went down by $160 a month. Weird. And my brother is now allowed to have health insurance because he was previously denied because of a pre-existing condition.

    2. jhnny

      I thought Republicans were against socialized medicine? Why are you complaining?

  136. DavyDowner

    The fact that Mitch even came on KSR shows me he’s concerned about losing to Grimes.

  137. catdawg04

    I would love to be able to read/watch/listen to something i enjoy without being bombarded by politics. I really could have gone through life without knowing your political stance. Leave this site to sports in the future, please. As a avid reader, the option to put this and other political interviews on this site lessens it in my eyes. It’s a sports site. That’s all anyone coming here wants to read about.

  138. wee wee wee all the way home

    Matt’s arrogance and narcissism are going to get him where Marc Maggard’s got him.

    What are you going to do then, Matt, be a law clerk again?

    1. JJ

      Matt can always go back to chasing ambulances, should that ever happen.

  139. kentuck1

    Alison Lundergan Grimes is fighting for all of America – not just Kentucky.
    The biggest obstructionist in our government is not Barack Obama or Harry Reid or even, the Tea Party – it is Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the US Senate. To the detriment of us all, he has been very successful at requiring 60 votes for every piece of legislation offered. This has not only hurt Kentucky, it has hurt our entire country. It is Mitch McConnell who is responsible for most of the division in this country.

    All of us have a stake in this race. It is time we cut this hemorrhoid off the a$$ of politics in Washington. If we can defeat Mitch McConnell, the entire nation will be grateful. Support Alison in her efforts. She is doing great!

    Mitch McConnell wants to make the race about Barack Obama. We should make it about Mitch McConnell.

    1. sammy

      >>>If we can defeat Mitch McConnell, the entire nation will be grateful.

      Huh? I want some of what you’ve been smoking.

    2. Travis

      If Grimes gets in and Mitch is out it’s going to be a bad day for working Americans. If it keeps going the way it has been I will have to give my whole check to the government to pay for the people sitting on their butts at home while I’m working 70+ hours a week. They are already getting enough of my hard earned money but they still want more to hand out, pay for insurances, and pander to ILLEGAL immigrants.

  140. G-Man

    Honestly, it was, is, and will always be a mistake to mix politics into a popular sports show. All it will ever do is divide the people who come together for a common cause. Every UK fan’s common cause is UK Athletics. I can’t see it being anything other than immaturity or arrogance to try to interject politics into UK sports. I’ve never met Matt Jones, and have nothing against Matt Jones, but it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen, to have someone in his position try to get people who have such a commonality as UK athletics to argue with each other about politics. Why not just start trying to prove God is or isn’t dead, Matt? That has a lot to do with the Wildcats too, right? This was REALLY not smart of you to be bringing politics into a wildcat sports themed show. Hopefully you’ll knock it off, soon…

    1. JC

      If you believe this is only a sports show, you prove you don’t listen.

    2. sammy

      It comes natural to libs. Take Obambi for instance, Divider in Chief. Libs like to divide and conquer. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. Ever hear the one about the scorpion and the frog? I rest my case.

    3. jhnny

      “Libs like to divide and conquer”?????

      Yet, Mitch discriminates against people who love one another but aren’t allowed to marry.

      Mitch votes for subsidies for large, rich, oil companies, but is against raising the minimum wage of the average Kentuckian.

      Libs divide and conquer? OK.

  141. JC

    Morons who don’t believe in global warming will say “I’m not a scientist.” When they don’t want their rich friends to have to pay for a decent living wage or to allow sick people to be allowed to get decent health insurance they become world class “economists” and “social scienctists.” It makes no sense to chose one form of belief in science over the other. Pure ignorance.

    1. ST

      I don’t know about you, but I want a hand out. And because of global warming I say we should all ride bikes and get rid of our cars. What you say, Bro?

    2. JC

      And ST is now the dumbest person on here. If you quote a form of science to get your way but refuse to use another then you are ignorant. You and Mitch are just proving my point bro. And cars don’t have jack to do with the coal issue. But they hide they stuff in books, which conservatives buy but do not read.

    3. ST

      Heh heh. Hilarious! So just who is this “they” that hide “they” stuff in books which conservatives buy but do not read? Sounds like a conspiracy to me. Let us in on who this mysterious “they” is, JC. Please amd thank you. We need to know before it’s too late. And please keep posting. I love your posts. Heh.

  142. Superfly

    Does Matt support liberals because of their stance on gay marriage?

  143. Imsoconfused

    Wow, we are really in trouble. In 30 years we can count Mitch’s accomplishments on 2 hands and Grimes doesn’t have a clue. Another election I get to choose the best of the worst. Mitch has memorized the party line whether there is truth in it or not. Grimes just smiles… I’m tempted not to vote at all, but if you don’t vote you should lose your right to complain. I give Matt credit for getting him on and not “hannitying” him by drowning him out because in the grand scheme of things; I don’t care what Matts opinions are politically but I did need to hear Mitch’s. Another case of half truths and same ol same ole’s. Smh

    1. ST

      Maybe so. I’ll give you that. But Grimes sure looks like a miner when she dons her bib overalls and goes down into a coal mine in East Kentucky. You have to admit that. And she does NOT stereotype hillbillies when she does that kind of thing. No, she is one of us. A coal miner. Yes, she surely is.

  144. Nick

    I’m sure the 10 people who watch the Lawrence O’Donnell show will enjoy the segment with Matt. However, with Matt actually on the show that will lower the total viewership to 9!

  145. big dave

    How could anyone could vote for Obama a second time? I was wrong the first time and I’m black. I’ll never think of Matt the same again.( Especially after the wrestling comment.)

    1. Juanita

      Really can’t take Matt seriously when asking McConnell to debate Grimes on his show. When then he says he’ll be watching wrestling when they debate Monday on KET

    2. JC

      Prove you’re black Big Dave? Mitch is a liar, thief, and horrible human being that has caused the entire country to suffer for the last 12 years. He wants your children to be born with pre-existing condition so Humana can denie you healthcare coverage for them while you still pay the premiums. He is a lazy power hungry lying politician that needs to do us all a favor and resign. The entire world will be better off for it. It is embaressing that we keep elecing him just like it was embaressing we kept electing Jim Bunning when he cheated during a debate and couldn’t remember pieces of legislation he sponsored or opposed. Now we have Rand Paul that believes African Americans Jews, Baptists and Louisville fans should be allowed to be refused service by biggots all across the state because he doesn’t understand the impact of the Interstate Commerce Clause and the Civil Rights act had in the sixties, seventies, and even today in Arizona. Read a book you jackass.

  146. Mike Martin

    Matt, I’m disappointed to see my original comments pulled, or removed, from this section. I thought I was very courteous to you and the individual “Bentucky.” I even said he seemed intelligent so it wouldn’t start a problem. After logging back on the site to see if he replied to my followup, I found my republican leaning response was gone. I also read several of Bentucky’s left leaning rhetoric posted on several of the other posts. I was wrong to assume he was intelligent! It’s a shame to see this happen Matt, but I guess views matching your own are better for your site. Oh well, I said I generally try and stay away from politics on public forms. I guess I need to remember that on here in the future!

  147. HackRichards

    I CALL BULLSHIT! why could we not comment on the grimes interview?? BULLSHIT IS ALL THIS IS.

    MATT JONES YOU ARE A SUCK UP LIBERAL. Your main problem is you sucked up to the wrong person. You should always suck up to the one that can do something for you. ALL THAT and I hope Grimes wins, but my hopes have nothing to do with it. This is supposed to be a sports page, I can get all the political crap I need off TV.

    1. jhnny

      I commented on Grimes interview…

  148. Bob Horton

    Matt,
    If you are for grimes I’m done with KSR. A loyal ky fan

  149. HackRichards

    Go ahead delete that I know you will if you have not already.

  150. James Kempland

    I am not a Mitch fan but this was really bad. I feel badly he thought being an ass would help…

  151. donald rogers

    why do you have to mix sports with this stuff,there are as many UK basketball & football fans on both sides? you are going to lose half of your following if you dont give both side the same time on this election. I am about finished with KSR.

  152. JC

    Natural gas and technology are killing coal-mining jobs. And most of the states coal doesn’t burn hot enough to meet the needs of the Chinese and Indians. They need to make steel. Most of our coal doesn’t burn hot enough to meet the world’s need. Much of that coal comes from Pennsylvania and the western part of the United States. Deal with facts bro.

    1. ST

      You’re my favorite poster of all, JC. Please continue. Teach us more about the Chinese and Indians, if you will. It’s like being in a classroom again after all these years. I’m voting for Grimes. How about you, Bro? Heh.

  153. Uwe Blab's Perm

    Cmon Matt. Don’t ruin this show with politics. You came across as a smarmy tool. Leave it alone.

  154. who cares

    You all really think these people will change your life if elected and what they claim to do for us is worth getting worked up? Make your own way in life. None of these people in office are serving you.

  155. Ron Stacey

    Wow Mc Connell still sounds like an idiot. We need better representation for KY than a dud like this guy. Ugh!!

  156. M. Lee

    I heard about this interview and listen through the entire segment. I don’t agree with the comments made by so many others. Matt was quite polite, and Senator McConnell seems to be just expressing his opinions. He did not seem condescending at all. But I do think the Senator was shading a lot of the facts. We all know that coal is on the decline because fracking has unleashed a torrent of natural gas, making coal uncompetitive economically. Hey, that’s capitalism, which the Senator supposedly believes in. Also, the US unleashes about 20% of the CO2 emissions in the world. So a large reduction here is not like throwing a pebble in the ocean. It’s more like your bank account earning 5% instead of 0.1%. 5% is not negligible! So I believe the Senator is misleading the listener, whether he is doing this intentionally or not.

  157. jp

    Matt for someone who does not wants to not push political beliefs you are sure doing so with gay marriage, Obama Care, etc it is very clear what your beliefs are…Why would Mitch come on and get attacked on the radio….Matt you would not attack Grimes or make her take a stand on any issue but you were OK with that!!!

  158. West KY Guy

    Can West Kentucky just secede from the rest of Kentucky, so we don’t have to claim either of these jack leg politicians as ours?

  159. Hooky586

    I like Kentucky sports radio, but Matt Jones you need to keep your political views to your damn self. I don’t need to hear about politics when I’m interested in Kentucky sports. The more I find out that you’re a big supporter of Obama and the liberal agenda, the more I don’t want to tune into your radio show anymore.

  160. Lowell Carter

    You have to be kidding me, he’s the Minority Whip of the Senate??? Disgusting!!!!!!! What was he saying? Mumble Jumble Mitch. It is time for him to leave office.
    Recently he has been indicating a need for an infusion of dollars to combat the, current, hugh Heroin problem, in the State of KY. That has been a problem in KY for years, along with other states. Can anyone remember when he last lobbied for Fed funds to combat the Heroin problem in KY?
    When people serve in an elected position, they MUST work, WITH/TOGETHER with any rivaling political group. It’s obvious that he really doesn’t understand that concept. I can’t figure out how he has been allowed to serve the last 30 years.
    Thirty Years (30), is way too long for anyone to serve.
    Think about how many GREAT IDEAS that have never surfaced, in 30 years, because just ONE (1) person has been in control. Not good. Not Good.
    Time for you to enjoy retirement, senator.

  161. Cat dog

    Matt
    Why?
    You have a tremendously interesting and informative blog about UK sports, a subject that unites liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans.
    You have messed in your nest by revealing your hard left views.
    This is a center-right reliably red state.
    Be careful, or get your resume together.
    If all else fails I guess you can get a gig on MSNBC or , like Olberman, a show on ESPN.
    Enjoy all the traffic you generated today.

  162. tom elgin

    It never ceases to amaze me that people in the entertainment industry try to piss off half of their fans by inserting their political opinions into the public view. We like your opinions and commentary on UK sports but don’t push half of us away. We want you to be successful as a UK sports show but will tune into something else if you continue to push your liberal views on KSR.

  163. jim

    matt……love your show, your insight of uk sports, but pls leave your politics to yourself, i;m a daily listen, but in fact if you pushing your policial agenta, i will stop listening to you and ksr

    1. jim

      matt……love your show, your insight of uk sports, but pls leave your politics to yourself, i’m a daily listener, but in fact if you keep pushing your policial agenta, i will stop listening to you and ksr

  164. Susan

    Grimes is a puppet!!!!! Kentucky’s only hope is Mitch McConnell. Why would anyone in this state who is thinking correctly not want the Senate MAJORITY Leader to be from the State of Kentucky?????? Stop drinking the Koolaid Matt!

  165. Blue Fan in Florida

    Matt,

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for you. Number one finding out your a die hard liberal who supports Obama and number 2 for bringing politics on to a sports web site. I and I think most people get on KSR because they love UK sports and they want to get away from reality for awhile. Also to know your going on that idiot ODonell show just shows how really lost you are. By the way , Mitch showed you up and did a great job doing it. I think you really helped his reelection. I will still be visiting KSR but not to read your opinions.

  166. Sonny

    I’ve seen enough of Mitch over thirty year of him.Kentucky will be way better off without him and a few others…

  167. John

    At least Mitch answered the questions…the same couldn’t be said for Alison who could only repeat the need for a discussion on the topic over and over. I can’t blame the senator for taking it to Matt…he and the moron Ryan have been dogging him for weeks/months. In the end, they both win…Mitch will win the election and Matt got more revenue clicks and the opportunity to go on a fellow liberals show on msnbc. The losers are UK fans that want UK sports talk on a UK sports site…

  168. bco

    The only thing I find ironic is the strategy. The same reason this has 380 comments is the same tactic people like Forde use to get hits: piss off and divide the fanbase. The same tactic you tell people not to give in to in that regard is what you used to get numbers in this case.

    Still a fan, and I like the fact that Matt goes into other topics on the show but I do agree that politics is one to stay away from.

  169. Johnny Villanova

    As a conservative, I don’t like Mitch McConnell. He seems to not care about the people he serves, and ultimately, has a bad attitude/poor spirit of life. I voted for Matt Bevin in the primary, and I would gladly vote against Mitch McConell on Nov 4th… If there was another candidate running against him. Allison Grimes would get bullied in Washington, plain and simple. She doesn’t have the political experience that is necessary to be an effective leader in Washington and, for Kentucky. We’ve all seen what lack of experience in high-standing political positions has done to this nation (Obama), and that’s something that simply cannot be denied. It’s common sense, and, ultimately, why McConell has my vote. Poor presentation Matt, not the right arena for you to be in. I have to say, it’s hard for me to point out Mitch McConnell’s poor attitude in this interview when Matt’s was considerably worse (not to mention his lame questions).

  170. Biomass guy

    Mitch was disingenuous about the rise again of coal. 90% of the power plants in Asia in the design phase are biomass and the feed in tariff systems in place ensure their viability. Coal, unfortunately for those in the business, is dirty and will soon be a secondary energy source that only remains desired at lower price points.

    Get out while you can and I’ll be happy to put my biomass pellets on top of your coal until I have enough supply to supply the entire operation.

  171. Me

    What happened to covering UK sports in the most ridiculous manner possible? Matt Jones has jumped the shark.

    1. Over it

      He just doesn’t care. It’s all about self promotion. Matt has joined the Cowherd, Gotlieb league of pricks. Love the site, I just can’t stand pointless arrogance.

  172. Over it

    This is by far my favorite UK website, and listening to the podcast helps my commute to and from work; but the arrogance of Matt Jones is finally taking it’s toll. I know he doesn’t care what we think, he just cares about numbers which equal money. I had no problem with the questions just the attitude, and the fact that he let people talk about it aftwards (he refused this with Grimes). Matt is not the genius he thinks he is. Pride comes before a fall, Matt you are setting yourself up for a tumble.

  173. DC cat

    I’m confused. Those who say Matt was unprofessional, must have been listening to a different interview. He was equally challenging to both candidates. I worked on a previous McConnell campaign. I do not support most of matts political beliefs. BUT, he was very fair and the senator was a bit harsh.

    Some of you are sooooo biased you can’t see straight.

    Nicely done Matt especially on short notice. I appreciate your even hand in asking both candidates challenging questions.

  174. Incalwetrust

    Matt,I like your show, and will continue to listen in spite of your political Nievity. Your party knows how to win a race but fails when it comes time to govern. Barak is a complete boob as far as being president goes. He would probable be a fun guy on the golf course, or at the strip club. Not a guy you let run a company, or the nation…..if you loose this little empire you have built, it won’t be because of your basketball knowledge. It will be because you alienate 80% of your audience .

  175. Tim

    Matt, as a Duke man and a liberal you have two strikes against you.

  176. Katharine Moshier

    God is watching! The truth is coming out and voters can see it!

  177. digger

    I am a CATS fan, who is soooo glad that I do not live in Kentucky. This guy (Mitch) has been in charge of represting your state for 30 years?? No wonder the state has not advanced or improved for so long. Most “depressed” state,poor education, dropout rate, crime, drugs,etc..! 30 years isn’t enough?

  178. thisgirlbleedsblue

    Look up douche bag in the dictionary… see Matt Jones. Used to like this website and your radio show. Won’t be back…Plenty of other non-political ways to get my Cat Fix. Way to alienate the majority of your fan base, you moron!! GO CATS!! GO MITCH!!

    1. Matt's Cats

      Matt is right. Most of Big Blue Nation sees that Republicans are so out of step with what KY wants and needs. Obamacare has been great for many Kentuckians, KY coal wrecks our environment, Why shouldn’t I have the right to marry whoever I chose and get the same rights of marriage as everyone else. Let’s turn the state of Kentucky Blue on Election Day. Give republicans the boot they deserve. thank you Matt for coming out and waking up BBN and getting us out to vote for what is right.

  179. roundball fool

    Great job, Matt and Company!

    I enjoy the range your show employs-from gravel as currency to pop music to a little politics! I’m smack-dab in the middle politically and don’t get offended by your politics or the bozos on the right or the left who are so easily butt hurt.

    Thanks for all y’all do!

  180. Tammy Byrd

    You know if you go into a court a judge asks a question which is a yes or no answer. The judge will not let you answer anything but yes or no. Why does he get to answer with BS????

  181. King P

    Sorry Matt but Mitch ate your lunch and slapped you in your lib, Obola loving mouth. He came with attitude because you’ve been trashing him on your show. Stay off politics and stick with sports bro. BTW I love your show and GO CATS!!!

  182. "Traitor" Can't choose a team

    So, I have been trying to decide why the hell politics is on a sport show. Why any candidate would debate on a sports show as King Matt wished. Wouldn’t that take away the integrity of the office? I am amazed at the people who want to base their vote based on the team the candidate cheers for. Most of us on this site, are Kentuckians and isn’t being a Kentuckian far more important than a sports team.” I prefer Kentucky football and I prefer Louisville basketball. That opinion fluctuates from time to time. I agree with Mitch I like both teams. I cheer for them both- it is Kentucky! The only thing I can come up with about “senate talk” on a sports show is The only thing I can come up with is, maybe Obama might listen to this, since he spends more time worrying about sports, brackets and golf than he does facing the crisis in our country and in the world.
    Matt, you need to get a new show if you want to play politics. Your show is not a format for political views, but entertainment. It is no where near as important as the issues surrounding our country. You are taking yourself way to seriously.

    1. LiberalCat

      Like Matt says, you cannot be blue and red. How can any true UK fan support anything to do with Louisville! Like Matt said, Mitch has done nothing for KY coal in 30 years. Time to give Allison and Obama a chance to turn KY around. BBN needs to unify and step up and vote dem on Election Day. BBN can swing this election. Let’s turn KY into a blue state!!!

  183. Proud2BBlue AndLiberalToo

    Like Matt said, Mitch hasn’t really done anything for KY coal in 30 years, and he is way behind on the gay marriage which the majority of states now allow and on global warming and environmental issues.
    KY deserves better. Go Allison!

  184. Proud2BBlue AndLiberalToo

    Cat fans should go blue on Election Day too. Go Dems