The Chatter: Kentucky U.S. Senators on the offensive against claims on their stances

07/14/2014 11:47 AM

The Medicare claims from a budget plan proposed in 2011 are again at the center of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race as the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released another ad on the topic Monday defending his record.

The McConnell campaign released a new web ad Monday morning hitting Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on her campaign’s first negative TV ad , which caused controversy because of claims made by Grimes.

The ad, titled “Asked and Answered”, uses clips of news programs questioning the claims in the Grimes ad where a retired coal miner asks Senator McConnell why he “voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000.” That claim has been criticized by fact checkers , which the McConnell campaign highlights in their web ad.

See the full McConnell ad here:

In a statement about the new web ad, the McConnell campaign said it is “hard to believe Alison Lundergan Grimes had a full year to plan her first attack ad and this is what she came up with.”

The McConnell is the latest in a number of back and forth ads from the candidates over the claims. On Friday, the Grimes campaign released a web ad to say McConnell’s voting record says he would have supported the 2011 Paul Ryan budget plan, which never received a full vote in the Senate. That Grimes ad came after the McConnell campaign released a TV ad Wednesday also hitting Grimes on the response of fact checkers to the ad.

The Grimes campaign said in a statement to Pure Politics that there is no denying that McConnell voted to “destroy Medicare.”

“Mitch McConnell is clearly willing to say whatever it takes to deceive Kentuckians to hide his vote in support of the reckless Ryan budget that would end Medicare as we know it. The McConnell campaign’s new ad resorts to egregious falsehoods because McConnell simply cannot justify his record of voting to increase out-of-pocket Medicare expenses for Kentucky’s seniors,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement.
Paul hits back against Gov. Perry in op-ed
Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is defending his views on foreign policy against criticism from a potential 2016 opponent.

In an op-ed about Paul’s foreign policy stances in the Washington Post, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry wrote Friday that Paul’s views on the current situation in Iraq are not enough to deal with the threat the Islamic State causes.

Perry cites another op-ed written by Paul“in June”: where he discusses the foreign policy approach of President Ronald Reagan. But Perry says Paul has Reagan’s stances wrong.

“In the face of the advancement of the Islamic State, Paul and others suggest the best approach to this 21st-century threat is to do next to nothing. I personally don’t believe in a wait-and-see foreign policy for the United States. Neither would Reagan,” Perry wrote Friday.

Paul hit back Monday morning with an op-ed of his own in Politico Magazine titled “Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong.”

In the piece, Paul criticizes Perry for “mischaracterizing” his views on foreign policy and the situation in Iraq adding Perry’s suggested solutions to the crisis are not much different than what Paul himself has proposed.

“If the governor continues to insist that these proposals mean I’m somehow ‘ignoring ISIS,’ I’ll make it my personal policy to ignore Rick Perry’s opinions,” Paul writes.

Paul continues by saying Perry’s “tough talk” could inspire some for a short time but that the Texas governor is comfortable repeating the decisions that lead to the position the United States finds itself in now with Iraq.

The battle of words between the two Republicans could be a sign of things to come in 2016 as Perry and Paul have both expressed a potential interest in making a run for the White House.

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