Grimes stands by new ad hitting McConnell on Medicare but does not offer own plan

07/08/2014 03:19 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has taken votes to hurt the state’s seniors but bypassed a question Tuesday about what she would do differently.

After addressing the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) District 4 Progress Meeting in Louisville Tuesday, Grimes took questions from reporters on her new ad released prior to the event.

When asked about the validity of the $6,000 out-of-pocket increase figure used in the ad, Grimes responded by saying McConnell will have to answer to his vote on the Paul Ryan budget. According to a fact check of the ad , the AP says “the plan McConnell supported in 2011 would not have increased that family’s Medicare costs because it exempted people who are in or near retirement from any changes to the program.”

The Grimes campaign disputed the Associated Press story citing a National Journal story from 2011 explaining that if the budget had even passed, it could have affected current retirees in some cases.

And when asked by Pure Politics what plan she would like to see to shore up the Medicare program for future generations, Grimes moved on to another question.

A reporter from the Associated Press asked the same question as Grimes was leaving but she did not respond then either.

The Grimes campaign later responded to the question emailed again by Pure Politics with an excerpt from the campaign website in which Grimes says she is running to protect Medicare. The website’s issues section includes this statement on the issue:

“Rather than pushing for privatization, vouchers, or simply shifting costs to seniors, we should be looking for ways to spend smarter. We should focus on reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system, improve coordination of care between doctors, hospitals and patients, and allow Medicare to better negotiate prescription drug prices.”

During her speech at the IBEW event, Grimes gave a stump speech hitting McConnell on a multitude of topics ranging from minimum wage to women’s issues.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

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