GOP blasts Grimes for taking few questions over the weekend while McConnell took none

08/05/2013 10:58 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky criticized Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in a statement Monday by saying she “continues to hide from questions” because she only took a few from reporters during Fancy Farm weekend.

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell gave zero interviews with Kentucky press while in Western Kentucky over the weekend.

Still, in a statement Monday, Steve Robertson said Grimes still “refuses to talk with the press, and when she does, she ducks and evades questions and repeats tired, boilerplate platitudes.”

Grimes offered two brief impromptu question and answer format interviews for reporters covering the race while at the Fancy Farm picnic over the weekend.

On Friday, she responded to questions following up on what problems she says she has with the Affordable Care Act. While she initially began the answer with her oft-repeated general position on “Obamacare,” she eventually did outline why she says she has concerns about the law.

She answered three questions before she cut off the session saying she was being called to the stage. However, she wasn’t being called to speak yet.

Grimes also spoke to reporters Saturday morning at the Democratic breakfast in Graves County. That question and answer session also only lasted a few minutes.

“(McConnell) has said that I’m a cheerleader for our President, but I’m as much a cheerleader for our President as our senior senator is a Chippendale dancer,” Grimes told reporters when asked about Obama.

McConnell, on the other hand, did not attend the Friday night pre-Fancy Farm GOP Chicken Dinner but did speak at the Graves County Republican breakfast just before the Fancy Farm picnic.

State Director for McConnell, Terry Carmack, told reporters that McConnell would not be answering questions after the breakfast. McConnell then took a meeting elsewhere in the Graves County High School where the breakfast was held, and later left out of a back door without taking questions.

That didn’t stop the Republican Party of Kentucky for blasting Grimes on Monday:

“Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to talk with the press, and when she does, she ducks and evades questions and repeats tired, boilerplate platitudes. Voters want and deserve to know why she won’t answer questions about why she wants to restrict Kentuckians’ Second Amendment rights, why she won’t rule out higher taxes on Kentucky families, and why she wouldn’t work to repeal ObamaCare,” Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson said in a press release.

Nick Storm

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