Lundergan Grimes, 34, said she's "no stranger" to being an underdog and took a shot at McConnell over recent ads mocking her for taking her time to decide on a campaign bid. She said the five-term Republican's ads are "based out of fear" of losing his power in Washington.
She also drew a generational and gender distinction between herself and McConnell, 71, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984.
Lundergan Grimes stressed that she was Kentucky's "only female constitutional officer" and "the youngest secretary of state across the nation that is a female."
"Kentucky is tired of a senior senator who has lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters and their values," she said.
If you're wondering about the date, it's July 1: the beginning of a new political campaign fundraising quarter. Very pragmatic, our Alison. Very much the daughter of former KY Dem party boss Jerry Lundergan: it's all about the big checks with the zeroes at the end.
On the other hand, Grimes is right about Mitch the Turtle: he's been in the Senate for going on 30 years now, and it's time for him to go home.
"I am no stranger to being an underdog. His ads are based out of fear of losing his 30-year grip on power," Lundergan said when asked about McConnell's skills as a candidate. "This Kentucky woman does not believe that the voters of Kentucky will be fooled that easily."
Democrats believe McConnell to be vulnerable, citing polling that shows him to be unpopular in his home state. Facing a difficult Senate map for 2014, with few opportunities for offense, Democrats are touting Kentucky as a possible pickup.