Local Kentuckians play role in helping U.S. Senate candidates get messages across in new ads

07/18/2014 03:43 PM

Kentuckians continue to play a starring role in the campaign ads of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates as each campaign released new ads Friday.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released a minute long commerical Friday morning touting his record on coal with the help of coal industry employees.

The ad, titled “Different Direction”, uses clips of McConnell speaking on the issue—including at a coal related press conference in February— and placing blame on the declining coal industry on President Barack Obama. Coal miners and coal industry employees are also featured in the ad saying McConnell has been a champion for the industry and it is the Obama Administration hurting the state.

“We want to have an America that celebrates success, gets jobs for people who are hurting, and that stops the ‘War on Coal’ now,” McConnell says in the ad. “Barack Obama will be gone in three years, but coal will still be in the ground. We are going to have a future when we get past this administration.”

The ad also takes a swipe at Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, saying that she supports the Obama administration’s “anti-coal environmental platform.”

The Grimes campaign responded to the ad by saying simply that McConnell can not run away from his record.

“No matter how many ads Mitch McConnell runs, he can’t hide from the fact that he has failed to save a single coal job in his 30 years in Washington,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement.

Later in the day, the Grimes campaign released a web ad of their own, centered around controversy caused by a recent television ad from the candidate criticizing McConnell on Medicare.

In the Medicare ad, Kentuckian Don Disney — who is asking McConnell a question about a vote on the issue — identifies himself as being from Cloverlick, Kentucky. After news reports that said Cloverlick was not a real city in the state, officials from Cumberland , Kentucky told reporters that Cloverlick is a neighborhood of the area and many residents say that is where they are from.

In response to the controversy over the ad and the validity of the town name, the Grimes campaign went to the area and interviewed other residents to make an ad illustrating their message that Senator McConnell is out of touch with Kentuckians.

See the ad, titled “Yes Mitch, Cloverlick is a Real Place”, here:


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