The Chatter: McConnell gets praise from U.S. Chamber, more criticism from Bevin and Grimes

02/19/2014 01:52 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act and defund the law are being sold to Americans who have “no time” for politics in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s latest ad supporting McConnell began running Wednesday and aims to appeal to Kentuckians who haven’t yet tuned into this year’s U.S. Senate race. The narrator says “most of us don’t get caught up in politics … but this Obamacare mess is scary.”

The chamber’s message then cites some potential effects of the law, such as some losing their previous insurance plans and the possibility of rate increases before asking, “What’s next?”

“Mitch McConnell is leading the fight to fix this Obamacare mess, to lower costs and reduce red tape,” the ad’s narrator says. “Mitch McConnell is fighting for us and for Kentucky’s future. Right now, that’s what we need.”

While McConnell is still strongly in favor of the law’s repeal, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue recently expressed a fix rather than repeal attitude toward the law.

In a statement about the ad, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce touts McConnell’s 92 percent rating with the organization because of his votes for pro-business policies in the U.S. Senate.

Bevin hits McConnell on 2nd Amendment

Also hitting the airwaves today are two 15-second ads from Republican U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin. He hits McConnell on two issues that Bevin says makes the senior senator a “big-government career politician.”

Bevin seeks to draw a contrast with McConnell on support of the 2nd Amendment on the basis of one vote by McConnell.

The ad refers to a vote in 1991 on legislation proposed by then-Senator Joe Biden . In a statement, the Bevin campaign says the legislation would have “imposed a waiting period for handguns.” A seven-day waiting period was mentioned under the “Felon Firearm Purchase Prevention” section of the legislation.

Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, sent out a statement in response to the Bevin ad where he stood behind McConnell’s voting record on the issue.

“Anyone who suggests Mitch McConnell is anything less than a champion of the Second Amendment either does not know the facts or is simply trying to mislead voters in Kentucky,” Cox said.

The other ad from the Bevin campaign released Wednesday hits McConnell on his votes in favor of earmark spending, a practice that is now against the rules in Congress.

According to the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake , the ad buy totals $30,000.

Grimes takes different approach to minimum wage debate

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is once again hitting McConnell on the minimum wage but this time with a focus on McConnell’s personal wealth into the debate.

In a new graphic shared by the Grimes campaign on social media sites Wednesday, the campaign parallels McConnell’s net worth and raising the minimum wage.

“It is outrageous and insulting that McConnell is worth more than $25 million yet refuses to support a pay raise for the people of the Commonwealth,” the Grimes campaign said in a statement about the graphic. “McConnell’s dismissive attitude towards this important issue of economic security disqualifies him from serving the best interests of the people.”

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