Grimes aims for seniors' support, dismisses issues being argued in GOP Senate primary

08/20/2013 07:00 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes sought to begin to reach out to seniors on Tuesday, pledging at a “Grannies for Grimes” event at the Kentucky State Fair that wouldn’t let them get short changed with Social Security and Medicare.

Grimes, the secretary of state, was joined at the event by her mother, Charlotte, and 83 year-old grandmother, Elsie, who was featured in her Secretary of State campaign spots in 2012.

Some Republicans want to force a shut-down of the government in order to cut off funding of the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act, commonly known as Obamacare, which takes effect Oct. 1.

Grimes wouldn’t comment on the shut-down threat, which is supported by some Republicans but not U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell has said the strategy simply won’t work.

“We don’t need to throw the baby out with the bath water,” Grimes said. “We need to work on fixing the problems with the Affordable Care Act.”

The Grimes campaign also has been silent about the primary between Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican challenger Matt Bevin.

The McConnell campaign’s latest ad claims that Bevin stretched the truth by claiming he attended a program affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The program was held there but not part of the university.

“Kentuckians aren’t focused on lines on a resume, they’re worried about the lines in the unemployment line,” Grimes said.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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