Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Groups say they'll protest Romney, McConnell; Grimes starts TV ad with Bill Clinton; McConnell ad has miner

There's a lot more going on than we have students willing or able to write about it . . .
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is scheduled to attend fund-raising events Thursday in for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The private fundraiser will be held at Donamire Farm on Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington. In an advisory sent to the news media, activists said they would gather to protest outside the fundraiser. According to the advisory, the protesters will be members of People for the American Way, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, and CREDO Action. The activists are expected to protest McConnell's support of the wealthy and push for a stronger voice for average citizens.
  • Former president Bill Clinton is appearing in a television commercial for Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has campaigned with him twice in Kentucky and is expected to host him again. The 30-second spot shows footage of their campaign stop in Hazard. UPDATE, Oct. 2: John Harris of Politico writes of Clinton and his wife, "The Clinton Brand of 2014 is missing three key elements that vaulted Bill Clinton to power in 1992. First was new ideas. Second was an authentic populist connection. Third was the idea of generational change."
  • McConnell is running an 30-second TV ad featuring Chris Sexton of Letcher County, who says he "got laid off because of the war on coal" and retrained as an emergency medical technician in a program McConnell helped fund. The McConnell campaign has not responded to a requst for documentation of Sexton's claim.
  • The National Rifle Association, which started a TV ad last week calling for defeat of Grimes, has added one calling for McConnell's election, as well as a 60-second radio commercial that alleges Grimes supports the "gun control agenda" of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The only gun measure Grimes says she favors is background checks for gun purchasers at gun shows.

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