Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race
July 8th, 2014
01:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Dueling ads heat up Kentucky Senate race

(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes released her first statewide television ad on Tuesday in Kentucky's highly competitive Senate race, but it won't be the only one Blue Grass state residents see this week.

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, an outside group backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, launched an ad of its own, which questions his Democratic challenger's stance on a number of issues.

Tuesday's new releases heat up a race that has been relatively quiet since McConnell easily defeated his tea party challenger Matt Bevin in the Republican primary in May.

In the Grimes spot, "Question from Don," a retired coal miner, Don Disney, accuses McConnell of voting to "raise my Medicare costs by six thousand dollars."

"How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" he asks the longtime senator.

After a long pause, Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, leans into Disney and tells him, "I don't think he's going to answer that."

The accusation refers to McConnell's support for Rep. Paul Ryan's initial 2011 plan to reform Medicare, which the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said would raise out of pocket costs for seniors by over $6,000.

The Grimes campaign said Tuesday's spot, part of a six-figure, statewide buy, is the first in a "series of ads that will feature Kentuckians asking critical questions of McConnell."

On the other side, "Stands," the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spot, highlights various print and television news reports to attack Grimes and question her position on numerous issues, including Obamacare.

"Alison Grimes. What's she hiding?" the narrator in the ad asks.

"She either doesn't know the answers or is afraid to reveal certain positions because they are out of step with Kentucky values," said Scott Jennings, senior adviser to the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition.

"Either way, sending Alison Grimes to Washington is just too risky," he added.

The outside group is spending $715,000 to air the ad on statewide broadcast and cable from Tuesday through July 16.

Kentucky's race is one of a handful that will determine which party controls the Senate next year. The Cook Political Report currently rates it as a "Toss-Up," while Rothenberg Political Report gives McConnell a slight edge.


Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Race • Senate Republicans
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Grimes should make the race all about the Affordable Care Act and KYnect, or whatever it is that they call it there. She should run on passing a jobs bill to repair our bridges, rails, and highways. She should make her initial ads positive, not attack ads.

    July 8, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "highlights various print and television news reports to attack Grimes and question her position on numerous issues, including Obamacare."
    ---------------------------------–
    Ask Mitch McConnell does he want to repeal Kynect(OBAMACARE) and see where he stands on that. He'll brush it off like he didn't hear the question.

    July 8, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Tony D

    In the Grimes spot, "Question from Don," a retired coal miner, Don Disney, accuses McConnell of voting to "raise my Medicare costs by six thousand dollars."
    "How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" he asks the longtime senator.
    After a long pause, Grimes, Kentucky's Secretary of State, leans into Disney and tells him, "I don't think he's going to answer that."
    The accusation refers to McConnell's support for Rep. Paul Ryan's initial 2011 plan to reform Medicare, which the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said would raise out of pocket costs for seniors by over $6,000.
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    So this deceitful Grimey ad says McConnell voted for something, which he DID NOT. Then uses bogus numbers from some leftist looney bin! Talk about a total lie to the people of Kentucky!! If this is all she has, LIES, she is going to get her head handed to her.

    July 8, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Robert jay

    How can anyone with IQ above 10 really think MM is for the American people – MM is only for bigotry / hatred and useless oppressive Republican ideology – Vote for anyone who runs against him -you can't loose!

    July 8, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Just say NO to Obamadroids

    Sorry Grimes, no more mindless Obamadroids are getting elected anymore. The Liar of the Year and Disaster-in-Chief Obama doesn't need anymore help in destroying this country and the state of Kentucky.

    July 8, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bessy

    Time to dump Mitch. Actually, past time.

    July 8, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. just asking

    grimes supports obama's war on the coal industry. why would the people of kentucky vote for that?!

    July 8, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. gary

    MM is part of the oligarchy that is running the country. They work for the 2% and their corporate sponsors ONLY. Government is not needed by the rich. They can sustain themselves without government help. To them, government should only have an army to defend the country and for foreign policy and the business elites. Everybody else is on their own. This is what they mean when they talk about reducing the size of government. It is hard to believe but, in fact the U. S. is no longer a democracy. When money determines who can run for office, those with money get to choose who runs. Then, when elected, they call in their ticket, thus he is no longer working for the good of all the citizens. Only getting people to vote intelligently and removing money from politics can fix this problem. Even the SCOTUS is rigged. All the justices are picked by Presidents after screening them to make sure they support their ideals and views on the issues. Notice the votes are always 5-3. Why do you think that is?

    July 8, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    "Our No. 1 Goal is to make Obama a One-Term President"-Mitch McConnel,2010.

    July 8, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Luc

    the only thing voters need to ask is what is the most important thing to you. You can have all the money in the world but if you do not have your health you have nothing. Being healthy means having affordable health care so that you can spend time with family and friends and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Don't let the GOP scare you and tell you that ACA is no good 8-9 million Americans that have signed up for health care against one republican that is fighting to keep the pockets of the rich full. Think for yourself and make an informed decision for what is best for your family that is it.

    July 8, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Soooo, brass tacks:

    Grimes ads – Using publicly available information to ask questions about McConnell's publicly known positions.

    McConnell ads – Tinfoil hatted conspiracy-theory type accusations and demagoguery.

    Pretending these things are equal and the same is dishonest. Kudos to CNN and their false equivalence paradigm.

    July 8, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Bessy

    Time to dump Mitch. Actually, past time.
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    You're just going to have to get used to saying Sen. McConnell for another 6 years... maybe Majority Leader McConnell if you believe such sources as Real Clear Politics or Nate Silver. It DOES have a nice ring to it...

    July 8, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Luc

    As for the war on Kentucky coal mines. If Kentucky was run by democrats and not the GOP Obama would develop programs for you like he is doing in blue states that supported him. GOP will try and scare you that when the mines are done what are we going to do then. If they do not have a course forward for your state to move ahead in the future you know they only care about their job. Use your heads and see how far you have all come being run by the GOP over all these years. Oh and don't forget to ask why ACA is working all over America and why can't we have it too.

    July 8, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    Rudy NYC – " She should make her initial ads positive, not attack ads. "

    Sure, Rudy, you've got the easiest target since dick cheney and your NOT supposed to attack him??

    July 8, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Just get rid off all these old bums out, throw them in trash. Evil goes away.

    July 8, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    just asking – " grimes supports obama's war on the coal industry. why would the people of kentucky vote for that "

    You know, they breath the same air in Kentucky that the rest of us breath. They have children who will live in this polluted world the same as the rest of us. And some in Kentucky are not idiots and do care about the future of this planet.

    July 8, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Let's hope that Kentucky voters are no longer the brain dead, racist red necks they used to be.

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    You're just going to have to get used to saying Sen. McConnell for another 6 years... maybe Majority Leader McConnell if you believe such sources as Real Clear Politics or Nate Silver. It DOES have a nice ring to it...
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    [Flame ON]
    Wasn't Nate Silver the guy who predicted the 2012 electoral map to the nose? I don't know about you, but I plan on watching FNC on election night so that I can watch someone "go Rove" after McConnell loses. First Cantor, maybe McConnell. Who knows who else.
    [Flame OFF]

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Bubba

    Funny to see diehard conservative voters so concerned about their money. Shouldn't hey be concerned about abortion, or family values???
    All Republicans are the same; talk about values, vote for lowering their own taxes. Republicans are nothing more than stingy scam artists who pray for and worship MONEY.

    July 8, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Ward Cleaver

    Mitch... When you lose the election, you will be free to live the life you were meant to live. You can come out of the closet and be the woman you are. See! Clouds do have a silver lining!

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |