News reported on Monday that two of McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned at least 14 slaves in Alabama.
Several other would-be recruits, including former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, declined his overtures, and others, like former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, passed on Senate races to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"I think that this is a message that Kentuckians are ready for, you know?,' McGrath said Tuesday on 'Morning Joe'".
In the past, McConnell (R-KY) has said he opposed reparations because "no one now alive was responsible for that".
"We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, by electing an African American president", he continued, adding that it would be hard to determine who is owed and who owes.
The highly anticipated announcement keys up what is likely to be one of the most closely watched and well-funded matchups of the 2020 congressional campaign cycle, although even Democratic supporters have acknowledged that McGrath faces long odds to unseat one of the most powerful members of the GOP.
"Well, it started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago and who has bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise". Trump's popularity in the state may also be a hurdle, as McConnell successfully helped the president achieve a number of goals, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell said. "I think we're always a work in progress in this country, but no one now alive was responsible for that, and I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it".
Of course, McConnell's depiction of slavery as a self-contained and impact-free historic episode is faulty regardless of whether or not his family owned slaves.
Mitch McConnell may have a much tougher fight on his hands for re-election in 2020. The Senate Majority Leader was also asked about his new opponent, to which he responded: "It'll be a spirited race".
"I'm running for Senate because it shouldn't be like this", McGrath added.