U.S. Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told supporters in Bowling Green today that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is at the center of a "disease of dysfunction" in Washington, D.C.

"This race is about uniting all Kentuckians," she said.

Grimes, a Democrat, spoke at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 13 during a stop one day after formally kicking off her campaign in Lexington.

The Democratic primary for the Senate race is in May 2014. The general election is in November.

If elected, Grimes said that she wants to return to a time when elected officials set aside partisanship to accomplish what needed to be done.

"Compromise, common ground," she said. "It's not something to be ashamed of."

Grimes spoke about some of her own accomplishments in office, including seeing a law passed this legislative session to allow victims of domestic violence to protect personal information, including addresses on voter registration forms.

She also criticized some of McConnell's actions, including votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Violence Against Women Act.

– Read more about Grimes' visit in Thursday's Daily News.

– Katie Brandenburg covers government for the Bowling Green Daily News. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BGDNgovtbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.

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