Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10 roundup: Youngman says McConnell is framing the race and Grimes needs to put him on defense

No breaking news in the Senate race today, but there's a look back at a weekend panel show:
  • KET's John Gregory summarizes a discussion of the race on Friday's edition of "Comment on Kentucky," which was rebroadcast Sunday and is online. His focus is on remarks by Sam Youngman of the Lexington Herald-Leader: "Youngman says that since the primary three weeks ago, the media has focused on issues McConnell wants to discuss: coal, Obamacare, and candidate debates. Youngman says Grimes must find a way to set the agenda and tempo of the campaign so as to put McConnell on defense." The story is accompanied by a video clip running almost five minutes. Moderator Bill Bryant asked if Grimes has been effective at putting distance between herself and President Obama; Youngman replied, "When it comes to coal it's going to be a continuing uphill battle for her." Asked if Grimes' stance on coal is alienating environmentalists, Ronnie Ellis of the CNHI newspaper group said, "only on the fundraising side." Youngman added, "There's almost nothing she can do or say to make her base think that she's less appealing than Mitch McConnell." 

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