VIDEO: Female Retired Marine Enters the 2018 Congressional Race

| August 6, 2017

NPR has reported that Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath’s political ad has taken the Internet (or at least the political corner of the Internet) by storm, but she says that she doesn’t typically love being fussed over. “People who know me personally know me as an introvert,” she said. “I’m not somebody who seeks attention.”

Democrats are encouraging potential candidates at local, state and national levels to run for office, hoping to turn the political tide following the 2016 elections. McGrath has earned “swooning praise” from progressives and even some conservatives. Watch the ad to see McGrath take aim not only at the incumbent, Republican Rep. Andy Barr, but also make a blistering attack on fellow Kentuckian Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

Amid intense recruitment efforts on the Democratic side, NPR asked McGrath what she thinks of those efforts, the divide in the Democratic Party, single-payer health care and other important political topics. Her interview is below (and has been edited for length and clarity).




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