The Chatter: McConnell hits Grimes on question of Obama votes while Grimes goes after McConnell on amnesty

10/13/2014 12:57 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is using clips of media outlets criticizing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ avoiding a question about whether or not she voted for President Barack Obama in a new ad released Monday.

After Grimes was highly criticized for her non-answer to the Courier-Journal editorial board about her votes in 2008 and 2012, the McConnell campaign has released an ad using the news clips following the interview.

Most notably, NBC News’ political director Chuck Todd told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Grimes “disqualified herself” by avoiding the simple question, which is shown at the end of the McConnell ad.

The ad can be seen below:

Grimes’ attempt to dodge the question about voting for the president is part of a story by New Republic written Sunday titled “Alison Lundergan Grimes Is Running the Worst Senate Campaign of the Year.”

In the article, the publication argues Grimes “apparently thinks voters are idiots” because of the way she answered the question coupled with the fact she was a delegate for President Obama in 2012.

Grimes runs TV ad hitting McConnell on amnesty
Immigration issues are again making their way into the U.S. Senate race as Grimes has a TV ad running in the state hitting McConnell on amnesty.

The Grimes ad, released Tuesday according to the publish date on the unlisted video on her YouTube page, calls out ads going after Grimes on amnesty while also saying McConnell has voted in favor of such provisions.

“Only Mitch McConnell has voted to give amnesty and tax payer funded benefits to three million illegal aliens,” the announcer says in the ad. “The largest legalization program in U.S. history.”

The ad closes with Grimes on camera saying she approves the message because she has never supported amnesty and she never will.

However, according to a story by Vox Media , the attacks being leveled by Grimes in the ad are not quite on target.

From the Vox piece:

If you read the small print, you’ll see that the “amnesty” Grimes is attacking McConnell for supporting is the “Reagan amnesty” of 1986 — which leaves the odd impression that, for an ad attacking McConnell of hypocrisy, he’s actually been remarkably consistent for the last twenty-eight years.

But what’s even weirder is that Grimes is running this ad while continuing to support a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. In fact, McConnell’s been attacking Grimes for her support for the “Obama amnesty” — and she’s put up a web ad of her own defending herself from those attacks, by maintaining that the immigration bill the Senate passed last year wasn’t “Obama’s,” and that comprehensive immigration reform isn’t “amnesty.”

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