Grimes introduces herself to voters in her first ad of general election; Seeks distance from Obama

05/21/2014 10:01 AM

Alison Lundergan Grimes is wasting no time introducing herself to voters in the general election with a TV ad explaining why she is running, and attempting to create distance between herself and President Barack Obama.

The 60 second ad, which is backed with a “six-figure, statewide buy”, features Grimes looking directly into the camera and addressing voters about why she is running.

“It seems no matter how many elections we have, nothing gets better in Washington,” Grimes says in the ad. “It only gets worse. A lot of that is because of the people at the top in both political parties. If we keep sending them back, nothing will change. I’m running because I believe we need a senator who puts partisanship aside, and works with both Democrats and Republicans to do what’s right for Kentucky and for our country.”

As Super PAC s and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell race to define Grimes and tie her to Obama, Grimes is trying to avoid the president who is unpopular in Kentucky.

“No matter who the president is, I won’t answer to them. I’ll only answer to you,” Grimes says in the ad.

Grimes is expected to make her first campaign stop of the general election in Beattyville on Wednesday. The location is significant because of a misstep from McConnell where he was the Beattyville Enterprise asked how he will bring jobs to Lee county, McConnell said that responsibility lies with the state government, not federal.

In his primary victory speech Tuesday night McConnell took shots at Grimes calling her “Obama’s candidate.”

McConnell is challenging Grimes to a series of three debates, as first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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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