McConnell touts influence while Grimes raises questions in new ads

09/12/2014 03:59 PM

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign highlighted his role in resolving last year’s debt ceiling crisis in a new television ad while his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, released a Web ad questioning McConnell’s stance on issues such as pay equality, increasing the minimum wage and refinancing student loan debt.

McConnell’s ad, titled “Leader” and airing statewide, uses coverage from last October as the 16-day government shutdown ended. Much of the news footage features pundits, such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s John King, lauding McConnell for brokering a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that passed Congress and funded government operations.

The ad can be seen here:

“Sen. McConnell is a proven leader who has pulled Washington back from the brink on a number of occasions when President Obama’s failed agenda threatened disaster for Kentucky families,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Grimes’ campaign released a Web ad titled “Hey Mitch” featuring Kentuckians posing questions to the five-term incumbent Republican. The questions relate to issues emphasized by Grimes on the campaign trail — pay equity, military veterans, increasing the minimum wage and student loan debt relief.

“Hey Mitch, it’s 2014,” a woman says to the camera. “Will you finally give women equal pay for equal work?”

Grimes’ ad can be seen here:

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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