McConnell uses comments from President Obama about policies to tie Grimes to his agenda

10/03/2014 02:29 PM

Just one day after President Barack Obama made comments about his policies being on the ballot in 2014, the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell quickly launched an ad linking Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to the president.

In an effort to continue to associate Grimes with Obama in the minds of voters across the state, the McConnell campaign announced a new ad hitting the airwaves Friday using remarks by President Obama Thursday about his policies being on the ballot this year even though he isn’t.

“I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them,” the president said in a speech at Northwestern University.

In a quick turnaround, the McConnell campaign launched the ad featuring video of Obama’s remarks as well as a clip of a Grimes ad where she attempts to distance herself from the president.

“Alison Grimes says this election is not about her support for Barack Obama and his failed policies,” the ad’s narrator says. “But Obama himself says a vote for Alison is a vote for his policies.”

McConnell himself made comments about the president’s speech at Northwestern when speaking to reporters with former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after a fundraiser in Lexington Thursday night.

Romney joined McConnell at a podium set up on the Donamire Farm property, where the Kentucky senator began his remarks to the press by bringing up the president’s statement just hours earlier.

“I couldn’t agree more,” McConnell said of the idea that the Obama administration policies are on the ballot with Democrats this election year. “This race here in Kentucky and the races across the country are about Barack Obama’s agenda. Barack Obama’s agenda for America is reflected in the Democratic candidates across the country.”

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