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September 3rd, 2014
04:41 PM ET

After 30 years in Senate, McConnell runs as 'candidate of change'

Nicholasville, Kentucky (CNN) - When you first hear his pitch, it defies logic: Mitch McConnell, a 30-year veteran of the Senate, campaigning for re-election as an agent of change.

"If you want change, if you're unhappy with the direction of this country, the candidate of change is the guy you're looking at," McConnell told an audience at a Chamber of Commerce lunch here.

72-year-old McConnell - the top Senate Republican - is running against a 35-year-old Democrat who has never had an elected job in D.C.

But he's the change candidate?

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