Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Roundup: Grimes ad stays on theme and in east but raises women's issues; she gets flak for Israel answer

Grimes makes news with new TV commercial and more difficulty with questions . . .
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new television commercial that continues her theme of having Eastern Kentucky residents pose questions to Sen. Mitch McConnell. This time, the votes she seeks are those of women, among whom she slipped in the latest Bluegrass Poll. Ilene Woods of Lynch asks, "Why did you vote two times against the Violence Against Women Act, and against enforcing equal pay for women?" McConnell voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and 2012. A 45-second web ad expands on the attack and says McConnell voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.
  • "Republicans took to the Internet Wednesday morning to assail ... Grimes after she said Tuesday that Israel's missile defense system had helped prevent terrorist attacks from Hamas' tunnel network," Sam Youngman reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. The day before, Youngman quoted Grimes as saying, "The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in."
  • McConnell's campaign released a video that "invites supporters to join Sen. McConnell at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday." The video highlights parts of McConnell's speech and excitement from last year's picnic.
  • "More than half of Kentucky voters say creating jobs and improving the economy is the top issue facing the United States, and two-thirds of voters say Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates have an obligation to debate each other," Youngman reports in then final installment of results from the Bluegrass Poll.
  • WFPL reporter Phillip M. Bailey offers five takeaways from the poll, including "Grimes leads McConnell among women by just one point."
  • Reid Wilson of The Washington Post Reid Wilson reports, "The pro-Mitch McConnell Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is spending $305,000 on ads this week. Senate Majority PAC is spending $83,000 for Grimes."

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