Ky. U.S. Sen. race candidates release ads based on news of the day as new poll shows issues voters care about

09/02/2014 11:36 AM

News of the day continues to conquer real issues in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race as both candidates launch new ads highlighting recent news stories harmful to their opponent.

After news of the resignation of Jesse Benton , who was the manager for the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes released a web ad Tuesday morning hitting McConnell on the news story.

The thirty-second web ad, titled “Mitch McConnell: UNDER FIRE for bribery scandal”, uses clips of local news coverage of the Benton resignation late Friday amid allegations connected to an Iowa bribery scandal.

The online video ends with text on the screen repeating the statement from the Grimes campaign to the story which asked what McConnell knew about the scandal and when he knew about it. Then text on the screen reads “Kentuckians deserve answers.”

Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign is again going after Grimes on the potentially illegal contributions she is receiving by renting her campaign bus from her father’s company for what many have suggested is below a standard rate.

The McConnell ad, titled “Even Worse”, also uses clips of local news coverage of the bus scandal and at the end shows text that says “Illegal Contributions? Sweetheart deals? Senator Grimes?”

After initial news of the bus being rented at a lower rate, the company told Pure Politics they did have other vehicles to rent besides the bus after some confusion. But the Louisville Courier-Journal then found the company may not have the right permits to carry any passengers.

When it comes to issues voters find important in the race, the results of the new Bluegrass Poll show that on the issues of coal, immigration and foreign policy most voters trust McConnell more while many trust Grimes more to improve the lives of women.

The poll, conducted between August 25-27 of 700 Kentucky voters, also showed McConnell gaining a larger lead in the race with 46 percent compared to 42 percent for Grimes and five percent for Libertarian candidate David Patterson and eight percent undecided.

Voters were split on who they trust more with the economy while the numbers that show how favorable of an opinion voters have of the candidates showed Grimes 38 percent rating was two percent higher than McConnell, according to the survey conducted by SurveyUSA for for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-11 and WKYT.

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