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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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