Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Both campaigns air new ads as Bill Clinton visits W. Ky.

Rounding up what we can, with two weeks left in the race . . .
  • Making his fifth appearance for Alison Lundergan Grimes, former president Bill Clinton "wowed a partisan crowd in Owensboro, telling more than 3,000 people that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has taken the country down a path of partisan bickering and political infighting and should be tossed out of office," Joe Gerth reports for The Courier-Journal. Clinton "repeatedly harped on the idea that Kentuckians should not vote for McConnell just because they are angry with President Barack Obama, Sam Youngman reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Who ever heard of giving somebody a six-year job for a two-year protest?" Clinton asked. Former Sen. Wendell Ford of Owensboro, "90 and suffering from lung cancer, attended the rally," Gerth reports. For a report from cn|2, click here; from The Associated Press, here. Later, in Paducah, Grimes and Clinton focused on women voters, WPSD-TV reports.

    Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/21/3493963_bill-clinton-rallies-democrats.html?sp=/99/322/&rh=1#storylink=cpy
  • McConnell started two TV commercials using testimonials, one aimed at union members and blue-collar workers and another with young women, targeting Grimes. Grimes also has a new ad attacking McConnell for his votes to raise his own pay and against the minimum wage, and a commercial about the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky, accusing McConnell of inaction on the need for a replacement.
  • Both candidates started new ads with African Americans on urban radio stations, Nick Storm of cn|2's "Pure Politics" reports. Sen. Mitch McConnell's ad features Noelle Hunter, who starred in a TV ad about the senator's work to rescue her daughter from Mali; she says she voted for President Obama twice but will be voting for McConnell "and you should too." Grimes's ad has former state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers of Louisville accusing McConnell and Republicans of "trying to take away our right to vote." 
  • The state Republican Party has offered to pay the expenses of volunteers to build crowds on McConnell's campaign tours, The Hill reports.

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