Amy McGrath Talks Running as a Democrat in Kentucky, Impeachment and Parenting
-Kentucky is a —
certainly a beautiful state. It is also a rural state.
It’s a red state. It’s the kind of state
the Democrats have had trouble with
in recent years. How, as a Democrat, do you run
in a red state like this? One that Donald Trump
won by 30%, but again, as we mentioned,
you came within 3%. ‘Cause I think,
if you were effective, it would be, I think,
taken as a roadmap for many Democrats in the South. -Well, you know,
I think many Kentuckians are tired
of both political parties. And I feel like
they are looking for somebody who believes in things like
character and courage and honor and somebody who’s not
bought off by special interests, and I think that that’s — You know, my message
has always been, “Let’s put our country
above our political party.” You know, my husband, I’m married to
a lifelong Republican. And, you know, he’s — he
spent 20 years in the Navy. We served our country.
That’s what we care about. And, you know, the difference
between Mitch McConnell and myself, the most
fundamental difference — and there’s
a lot of differences. Right? You know, both age and gender
and political party, but the biggest difference is,
you know, I will work with any president
to do what’s right for Kentucky, no matter whether he or she wears a red jersey
or a blue jersey. And that’s
the most important thing. And that’s what I come from
in the Marine Corps. [ Cheers and applause ] -Now, obviously, if you were
in the Senate, you may be in a situation to
have to vote on impeachment. You have come out and said
you were pro-impeachment. Can you talk us through
that journey, to come to that decision,
and what it was based on? -Well, for me, this is about
a national security concern. I mean, I look at everything
from a national security lens. That’s been my life. And, you know,
we have the potential here for the commander-in-chief
who potentially withheld security aid, military aid, to a partner who is being
invaded by our adversary. Think about that. And did it for potentially
personal political reasons. And, you know, that, to me, is
a national-security concern. And my oath — I took the oath
to defend the Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic, and I took that oath
six times in my life. That oath is to the Constitution
and to the nation, not to a political party
or not to a president. [ Cheers and applause ] -You mentioned your husband
is a lifelong Republican. Does that mean,
when you ran for Congress, he could not vote for you
in the primary? -That is true.
-Okay. -That is true.
-Was that awkward, or…? -You know,
it wasn’t that awkward. We knew it was coming.
-Yeah. -But the biggest concern
in our household right now — Actually, I was back in the
greenroom texting because the breaking news is
that there’s a ton of rain in Kentucky, so they have
potentially changed trick-or-treating.
Right? And I have three small kids.
And, oh, my gosh. Halloween is very — way more
important than the Senate race, I got to tell you.
[ Laughter ] And, you know, so I’m texting my
mom friends like, “Is this true? When is trick-or-treating now?”
[ Laughter ] -Would you say being the mother
of three small kids is easier or harder
than being a fighter pilot? -I would say it’s way harder.
-Okay, yeah. -It’s way harder.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah, ’cause again,
when you’re up in that plane, no one can bother you.
-That’s right, I mean — And things generally work — You have some semblance
of control. With children, like, no. I mean, my middle child
is George. He’s 5 years old,
and I just love him dearly. And the other day —
I guess about a month ago — he just decided he didn’t
like his name anymore. So he wanted to be called — He will not be called George
anymore, will not respond to it. He wanted
to be called Dark Knight. -Okay.
-And so, you know, it’s — -And that’s crazy because you
were probably between the two when you named him.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah.
-So have you done it? Have you caved?
Do you call him Dark Knight? -Oh, I absolutely caved. Because, you know, you got —
whatever works. It’s like when my mom says,
“Honey, whatever works.” -Yeah, that’s — I mean, I think
that’s the truest, basically, example of the fact you will
work with any president, no matter the party.
[ Laughter ] If you’re willing to call
a George a Dark Knight, you are a flexible person.
-Hey, whatever works. -Hey, thanks so much
for being here. I really appreciate it.
Amy McGrath, everybody.