A super PAC backing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid is up with a new attack ad calling Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes a rubber stamp for President Obama’s agenda.
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership launched the $270,000 television ad buy Friday at a time where Grimes has tried to distance herself from the president, who is unpopular in the Bluegrass State.
The 30-second spot uses footage of a 2011 interview Grimes did with Kentucky blogger Jim Pence, who runs the website HillBillyReport.org. Pence asks Grimes if she supports the national Democratic Party platform, to which the secretary of state replies: “I do, Jim.”
According to KSL co-founder Scott Jennings, this is an admission Grimes backs the “blueprint” of the Obama administration, including the stimulus package, environmental regulations and Affordable Care Act.
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“Alison Grimes says she’s mad about obstruction, and this ad shows why,” Jennings said in a statement. “There’s no mystery in what Alison Grimes would do as a Senator—she would vote with President Obama and Harry Reid to pass their national platform, while Mitch McConnell fights to defend Kentucky from Obama’s agenda. That bright line will make the difference next November.”
The trouble with the ad is it repeats the line of Grimes saying “I do Jim” after a narrator claims she in line with the Obama administration’s so-called “war on coal” and Obamacare. Just this week, however, Grimes addressed those two key elements of the president’s tenure and made it clear she disagrees.
“I disagree with the president in his philosophies in terms of coal,” Grimes told reporters earlier this week at an event in Louisville.
Asked about the health care law, Grimes said there are flaws but that Republicans are wasting time with trying to repeal it instead of working towards tinkering with it.