Grimes meets with Beshear about Senate race for 1st time, says she's doing her due diligence

04/23/2013 11:46 AM

Secretary of State Alison Grimes, currently Kentucky Democrats’ best hope among elected officials to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, said she is doing her due diligence and will continue seeking input from supporters about whether to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Grimes is meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday for the first time to talk about the U.S. Senate race. Grimes told Pure Politics on her way into a ceremonial bill signing with Beshear that the meeting was at the governor’s request.

Beshear said after the ceremony that the Senate race was one of the topics he expected to discuss with Grimes and that he thinks she would be a strong candidate against McConnell.

The ceremony was for the signing of Senate Bill 1, which would allow overseas military personnel to more efficiently file their ballots from abroad. It was the top legislative priority of Grimes.

Grimes told reporters she had not made a decision yet about whether to challenge McConnell and side-stepped questions from Joe Arnold of WHAS about her reaction to the recording of a strategy session in which McConnell’s top aides discussed her potential strengths and weaknesses as a candidate.

Here’s what she told reporters:

(For more, watch Pure Politics Tuesday night at 7 p.m. EST or 11:30 p.m. or On Demand at Insight’s channel 103.)

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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