Grimes takes aim at McConnell in new ad

09/15/2014 09:16 AM

UPDATED: With less than two-months left in the U.S. Senate race Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is on television with a shotgun and a message for McConnell — she’s not the president.

Grimes who has been lagging as of late in the polls is seeking further clarification with voters that she does not agree with the policies of national Democrats — including the president.

Throughout the race McConnell and pro-McConnell super PACs have sought to define Grimes as a backer of Obama — who is extremely unpopular in Kentucky.

“I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA,” Grimes says in the ad.

In the 30 second television spot Grimes is seen skeet shooting as her voice plays under the images referencing a mistaken web ad the McConnell campaign ran using a shot of Duke players rather than UK.

“Mitch McConnell wants you to think I’m Barack Obama. Mitch is the same guy who thought Duke basketball players were UK. Or who’s attacking me on coal after doing next to nothing while we’ve lost thousands of coal jobs,” Grimes says.

“He even said it’s not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky.”

Grimes later references a moment at the C-PAC conference where McConnell took the stage with a rifle held over his head and she delivers a line for McConnell on handling guns.

“Mitch, that’s not how you hold a gun,” she says.

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund endorsed McConnell last week in the U.S. Senate race.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore responded to the ad calling Grimes an “Obama liberal with a gun.”

“An inexperienced Obama liberal with a gun is no less dangerous ‎for Kentucky families than one without. Much of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ financial support comes from those seeking to implement gun control and wage the war on coal but cynically she believes a recycled TV ad idea will fool Kentuckians,” said Moore.

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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