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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. McConnell says the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction." McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but says a change in leadership "might be a good thing."(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, and GOP lawmakers, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talk to reporters after a GOP caucus meeting, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told The New York Times last month that GOP incumbents would "crush" their tea party rivals in the primary season. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told The New York Times last month that GOP incumbents would "crush" their tea party rivals in the primary season. (Associated Press)

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Republican veterans in the Senate, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, face primary battles. (Associated Press)

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Republican veterans in the Senate, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, face primary battles. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Republican challenger Matt Bevin said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to embrace the "defund Obamacare" strategy shows he's out of step with the Kentucky Republican voters. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks onto the stage holding a rifle before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference at National Harbor, Md. McConnell now has an endorsement to go with his gun. The National Rifle Association's political action committee announced Friday it has endorsed McConnell in the May 20 Republican primary. McConnell made headlines last month when he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference waving a rifle over his head. The rifle was a lifetime achievement award McConnell presented to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who is opposing Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, invited him to a local gun range for target practice. (Courtesy of Alison Lundergan Grimes)

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who is opposing Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, invited him to a local gun range for target practice. (Courtesy of Alison Lundergan Grimes)

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FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks onto the stage holding a rifle before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference at National Harbor, Md. McConnell now has an endorsement to go with his gun. The National Rifle Association's political action committee announced Friday it has endorsed McConnell in the May 20 Republican primary. McConnell made headlines last month when he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference waving a rifle over his head. The rifle was a lifetime achievement award McConnell presented to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the federal budget to benefit the folks back home. Sure, top Republicans like McConnell _ now Senate minority leader _ and former Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran of Mississippi begrudgingly banned so-called earmarks more than three years ago. They were reacting both to the tea party’s rise and a push from conservative House Republicans like Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, now a House Appropriations subcommittee chairman. McConnell is accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)