Grimes rallies senior citizens in downtown Louisville

10/20/2014 09:34 PM

LOUISVILLE — With 15 days before Election Day Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes spent Monday rallying senior citizens in the Louisville area as part of a “Grannies for Grimes” get-out-the-vote initiative.

Speaking before residents of the Puritan Apartments in old Louisville Grimes spoke to seniors about Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act — though she did not mention the legislation by name. The Puritan is a retirement home run by the AFL-CIO, which is endorsing Grimes in the race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Supporters of Grimes including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Yarmuth have been vocal on their support of the Affordable Care Act of late, and Grimes spoke about the law to seniors Monday.

Grimes was joined at the event by her mother Charlotte, grandmother Elsie Case, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and was introduced by state Rep. Reggie Meeks.

Throughout the campaign Grimes has told reporters that there are problems with parts of the Affordable Care Act including the employer mandate and over burdensome regulations.

Grimes also took aim at McConnell’s influence argument Monday. McConnell has often said stated that if the GOP can take the Senate in 2014 he would set the agenda as majority floor leader.

“His agenda it’s not Kentucky’s agenda, it’s not the seniors agenda. It’s the millionaires and billionaires agenda,” Grimes said.

Asking for residents to get out and vote come November 4, Grimes said she needed their help in her fight against McConnell.

“I need you to standup and fight like you’ve never fought before,” Grimes said. “To tell McConnell to keep his hands off of your social security.”

The McConnell campaign fired back at the claim calling Grimes “desperate.”

“When desperate times call for desperate measures, partisan liberals like Alison Lundergan Grimes haul out their long-discredited attempts to scare Kentucky seniors. While Senator McConnell works to protect Medicare and Social Security, Alison Grimes supports Obamacare, which raided hundreds of billions from our seniors’ Medicare providers to pay for an entirely new entitlement for younger, healthier people,” said McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore.

McConnell spent Monday in Eastern Kentucky on a three day bus tour of coal country.

Nick Storm

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