Grimes blasted for dodging question on Obama votes

10/10/2014 09:47 AM

Hours after an interview with The Courier-Journal’s editorial board, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was blasted by pundits for failing to answer questions about her previous support of Democratic President Barack Obama.

With three weeks until Election Day, national pundits are casting Grimes’ non-answers as an unforced fumble that could change the election narrative in the final hours.

NBC News’ political director Chuck Todd told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Grimes “disqualified herself” with the “ridiculous” answer.

The Washington Post called the 40 seconds of dodging the question “painful,” adding “there was no reason to do this.”

CNN called the Grimes response a stumbling block that could continue to force the question upon her in the waning days.

“This is what happens when you run a campaign that’s basically based on saying as little as possible about your ideas on things like energy and healthcare and what she would actually do in Washington,” said Alex Burns of Politico on the show.

Using a tactic Grimes has used throughout the campaign in her response to questions on Obama she has encountered on the trail, Grimes told The Courier-Journal she follows the principles of the Clintons.

“I think Kentuckians know that I’m a Clinton Democrat through and through,” she said.


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