Hillary Clinton to Kentucky: 'I'm back for one reason. That's because Ky. deserves a change in Washington'

10/15/2014 11:09 PM

LOUISVILLE — Making her case as a “Clinton Democrat” who would spend more time in office under the next president “no matter whom he or she might be,” U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes rallied the Democratic base in downtown Louisville alongside former U.S. Sen. and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 4,500 people turned out to hear Grimes and Clinton speak at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Wednesday night.

The duo delivered speeches promoting pocketbook and women’s issues that have been Grimes’ main points in the campaign and urging Democrats to turn out to the polls on November 4.

Clinton touted one of Grimes’ top issues in raising the minimum wage, saying the measure would lift thousands of Kentuckians from poverty and pointing out that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, increased the minimum wage in the 1990s.

“Remember when my husband ran for re-election — he said he wanted to build a bridge to the 21st century? Well unfortunately since he left office some people have been trying to tear that bridge down,” Clinton said.

Clinton also sought to cast the race as a “referendum on the future,” saying “it is both a choice and chance.”

“Do you want politics in Washington in the Congress to look the same for the next six years?” Clinton asked the crowd.

In Grimes’ speech she insinuated a Clinton run for president in 2016, making clear that while Obama’s term ends in two years, the Senate term is six years — something Clinton also mentioned.

“We’re going to be living with the results of this election for a long time,” Clinton said. “As Alison has said we’re not electing a senator for the next two years. You’re electing a senator for the rest of this decade until 2020.”

Click on the video below for Clinton’s full speech

Attorney General Jack Conway, a gubernatorial candidate in 2015, was in a line of Democratic speakers to make a case for Grimes to the largely Democratic Louisville crowd.

In his speech, Conway took aim at the national press, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that stopped running ads in the race this week , and NBC News ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd.

Grimes also mentioned Todd, who told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Grimes disqualified herself when she refused to say whether she voted for President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential race.

“We won’t be bullied by Mitch McConnell or Chuck Todd. Make no mistake — this race is Kentucky against Washington,” Grimes said.

With Grimes hamstrung on the issue of the Affordable Care Act with Obama incredibly unpopular in the state, Clinton heaped praise on Gov. Steve Beshear and told the crowd that Grimes’ responses on the issue at Monday’s debate on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” were right on and McConnell can’t have the issue “both ways.”

The event also served as a get-out-the-vote rally for the Grimes campaign in the largely urban area with all of the speakers asking individuals to make it to the polls.

“We’re in the home stretch and it all comes down to who shows up,” Clinton told the crowd.

McConnell’s campaign continued to press the issue of Grimes’ refusal to answer questions on her votes in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

“The only possible reason why Alison Grimes would throw a party for Hillary Clinton but refuse to admit she voted for Barack Obama is that she thinks we’re all too stupid to figure out they have the exact same policy views,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said. “Instead of highly produced events with celebrity guests, most Kentuckians would settle for an honest answer from Alison Grimes on anything related to the job of a U.S. Senator.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.



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