Grimes video serves as platform to hit McConnell on record and campaign kick-off invite

07/25/2013 02:19 PM

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes invites Kentuckians to her official campaign kickoff, tells personal stories, and speaks directly to her potential opponent Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in her first campaign video released Thursday.

Toward the end of the ad, Grimes addresses McConnell directly by saying “now this part is for you, Senator McConnell.” Grimes goes on to hit McConnell on his voting record on issues including the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Violence Against Women Act and more.

“Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I’m right here in Kentucky, senator, where I’ll be holding you accountable,” Grimes says to McConnell in the ad.

The video, titled “The Campaign Begins”, lasts close to four minutes and shows Grimes seated in the same dining room as her most memorable 2011 campaign ad featuring her grandmothers. Grimes relates the new video to the ad with the line from her grandmother Thelma “government should either help create jobs or get out of the way.”

Grimes tells viewers she still firmly believes in that idea and says it is “a lesson a certain Kentucky Senator has never learned.”

Grimes official campaign kick-off event is on July 30 in Lexington.

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


  • viewer wrote on July 25, 2013 03:38 PM :

    I have to say I like the commercial. I think it was well done. The viewer

  • viewer wrote on July 25, 2013 06:39 PM :

    Everyone has heard the saying hows the last four years been for you and your family.

    Here is one to throw at Mitch: Show a picture of him when he got elected. Then show his net worth at that time. Then show a chart of Kentuckians net worth beside his. Then and now. While he has been in Washington show the number of family farms that have been sold and no longer. Show the family net worth of Kentuckians , while his families net worth has sky rocketed , through the good and bad times that Kentuckians tried to survive. Show a clip of him showning why we should go to Iraqi and how he supported the troops need to go to war. Show the profits that Wall Street Companies made off the war. Then show what the Troops coming home is going through , while he is living it up , taking money from the companies that made proffit to run TV Ads with.

    I got a question for Kentucky voters.. How have you done in the 30 years Mitch and his family have become Millionaires ? If you have done well vote for him. If you havent, vote for none of the above like me. The viewer

  • viewer wrote on July 25, 2013 07:04 PM :

    And before Kentucky Voters forget , the state voted for Romney for President , a guy that makes $38,000.00 everyday of the year. Monday- Sunday. 365 days a year… That dont make us look to wise in the thought process. Romney , like Mitch , makes money off of money. Not with helping the country move forward by putting the middle class back to work at a living wage. Fact….. The viewer

  • Jerry wrote on July 25, 2013 07:37 PM :

    Nice commercial, but I hate to tell her that McConnell’s actions obstructing Obamacare and the Obama war on coal are pretty popular in Kentucky. An obstructionist is what we need in DC, not somebody who will be rolled over by Obama and his left wing agenda. Obama is not up for re election and wants a compliant Congress to give him his every whim for the last two years. The only thing standing in his way and preventing further damage to Kentucky is Senator McConnell.

    Alison Lundergan Grimes = Rubber stamp for Barack Obama. Kentucky doesn’t need that.

  • sam pierce wrote on July 26, 2013 10:13 AM :

    Right on Jerry!!!! Grimes was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. What does she know about poor people. Mitch is a self-made man. Viewer, anyone who works hard and saves their money and does not spend unwisely should be better off financially as they age. Mitch has no alcohol, drug, gambling, or sex addictions such as Grimes’s friend Anthony Weiner. If you have no expensive addictions you should be able to save money. Mitch should be applauded for his rags-to-riches life. Grimes was just born rich. We cannot let her buy this Senate seat. Her mudslinging against Mitch has got to stop!!!

  • Marion County wrote on July 30, 2013 12:19 PM :

    Mcconnell self made? he has been at the public trough for OVER 35 years. Government is all he knows how to do. Dont LIE Sam!

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