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McConnell discusses international, domestic issues in visit to WKU

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell visited WKU's South Campus for a Constitution Week event on Sept. 21. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell visited WKU's South Campus for a Constitution Week event on Sept. 21. (WKU photos by Clinton Lewis)

As the final event of WKU’s Constitution Week celebration, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell discussed the Constitution as well as international and domestic issues Monday morning at the Knicely Conference Center.

Speaking to a packed auditorium, which included WKU students, high school students and community members, McConnell said the U.S. Constitution was “a remarkable document that has held us together for over 200 years.”

With “The Constitution and Global Encounters” as the theme for WKU’s Constitution Week, McConnell addressed several international issues, including U.S. foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, the dilemma over what to do with prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, international trade agreements and global climate change.

The auditorium at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center was filled for Sen. McConnell's presentation. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

The auditorium at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center was filled for Sen. McConnell's presentation.

McConnell said reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a good idea whether you believe climate change is real or not. However, he said the U.S. and Kentucky economies would be severely affected by the proposed “cap and trade” plan on carbon emissions. “I really think it is the wrong way to go,” he said.

McConnell said any plan to reduce carbon emissions should be dealt with globally and not put restraints on the economy. He suggested a plan that would include building 100 new nuclear plants in the next 20 years, continuing work on clean coal technology and completing carbon sequestration projects.

The main domestic issue facing the nation is President Obama’s health care reform plan. With polls showing a majority of Americans opposed to the proposal, McConnell said, “what I think we ought to do is start over.”

Following his presentation, Sen. McConnell signed copies of John David Dyche’s “Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell.” (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Sen. McConnell signed copies of John David Dyche’s “Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell.”

The government doesn’t need to run the health care industry, he said. “This rush to get this done is completely inappropriate,” McConnell said.

Following his presentation, McConnell signed copies of John David Dyche’s “Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell.”

His visit was hosted by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, WKU President’s Office and WKU’s Political Science Department and sponsored by Atmos Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority, Warren County Water District and Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Here’s a video report about Sen. McConnell’s visit:

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