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WATCH: Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivers keynote speech at Covington luncheon

Talking federal issues with chambers of commerce
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Posted at 11:48 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 19:30:23-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Senate Majority Leader returned to the Bluegrass State Thursday to speak at a federal issues luncheon before the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber at Hotel Covington on Madison Avenue.

During his speech, McConnell acknowledged the combative political climate, but said President Donald Trump was elected by voters who want "a different direction" for the country. 

"It's no secret that neither one of these candidates was popular," McConnell said, referring to the presidential election. 

Under Trump, McConnell said the government would de-regulate business, replace the Affordable Care Act and reform taxes.

Two protesters were removed from the event when they asked about support for Kentucky's coal miners and why McConnell was not appearing at any free public events. 

Watch his speech in the video player below. 

A large crowd of protesters gathered Thursday morning in front of Hotel Covington to make their voices heard as McConnell visits the Tri-State.