Alison Lundergan Grimes’ New Ad Called ‘Shaky,’ And ‘Misleading’

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July 9, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement highlighting news reports that Alison Lundergan Grimes released a ‘misleading’ attack ad that ‘mischaracterizes’ Sen. McConnell’s record.

 “Alison Lundergan Grimes has lied to Kentuckians about having their backs on coal with Harry Reid and embraced her allegiance with Barack Obama, so it is no surprise that she continues to deceive by using the first negative ad of the general election to launch false attacks mischaracterizing Sen. McConnell’s record,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.   

AP Calls Alison Lundergan Grimes Ad Claim “Shaky”. “Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they've surfaced in this year's midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in thecountry. (Adam Beam, Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,” Associated Press, 7/8/14)

AP: Senator McConnell Didn’t Cast The Vote Grimes Ad Attacks Him For. “In it, Grimes sits with a man identified as retired coal miner Don Disney of Cloverlick, Kentucky, who looks straight into the camera and poses this question as if speaking to McConnell: "I want to know how you could've voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000. How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" Then Disney and Grimes pretend to wait for an answer. McConnell cast no such vote.” (Adam Beam, Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,” Associated Press, 7/8/14)

AP: Don Disney Would “Would See No Changes”. “But elderly people such as Disney — already retired or approaching retirement — would see no changes. "Current Medicare benefits are preserved for those in and near retirement," stated the bill, which failed in the Senate. (Adam Beam, Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,” Associated Press, 7/8/14)

 WPSD: “ANCHOR: We're four months from Decision 2014, and Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is going on the attack in her first negative ad. GRIMES AD: I want to know how you could have voted to raise my Medicare costs to $6000? ANCHOR: In the ad Grimes accuses her opponent, Mitch McConnell, of voting to raise a retired coal miner's Medicare costs. But there's a problem here. The plan McConnell voted on back in 2011 would not have raised this miner's costs, or anyone retired or close to retirement. That bill never did pass, failing in the Senate. (WPSD Local 6 News, 7/8/14)

CN2: When Asked By Reporters What Grimes’ Medicare Plan Was, She Moved To Another Question. “And when asked by Pure Politics what plan she would like to see to shore up theMedicare program for future generations, Grimes moved on to another question. A reporter from the Associated Press asked the same question as Grimes was leaving but she did not respond then either. (Jacqueline Pitts, “Grimes stands by new ad hitting McConnell on Medicare but does not offer own plan,” CN2, 7/8/14)

WDRB: Washington Post Fact Checker Has Debunked Similar Claims. “The ad apparently refers to a procedural vote McConnell made in 2011 on an early version of a budget proposed by House Budget chairman Paul Ryan. But the Washington Post Fact Checker has termed similar claims by other Democratic candidates so out of date as to be "laughable" and called on them to "drop the repeated Medicare references." But following a speech here in Louisville, Grimes stuck by the ad. (Lawrence Smith, “Grimes launches first attack ad in U.S. Senate race,” WDRB, 7/8/14)

WFPL: “Independent fact-checkers have taken jabs at other Democratic candidates for running similar "Medi-scare" attack ads on GOP incumbents” (Phillip Bailey, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote,” WFPL, 7/8/14)

Herald-Leader: Grimes Ad Is A “Throwback” To Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. “In a throwback to the 2012 presidential campaign, Grimes, the Democratic nomineerunning against McConnell, takes her opponent to task over proposed changes to Medicare that were included in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's 2011 budget proposal. (Sam Youngman, “Grimes releases first TV ad focusing on McConnell,” Herald-Leader, 7/8/14)

WHAS Calls The Grimes Ad “Misleading”. “WHAS11's review of the legislation cited in the ad finds that Disney's question is misleading because the Medicare changes proposed in Rep. Paul Ryan's 2011 budget plan would not have applied to current retirees. Disney is 75 years old. The plan would have applied to those under the age of 55.” (Joe Arnold, “Grimes blasts McConnell on Medicare but star of new ad unaffected,” WHAS, 7/8/14)

The Hill: “Similar claims in other Democratic ads have been debunked by independent fact-checkers.” (Alexandra Jaffe, “Grimes, pro-McConnell group launch dueling ads,” The Hill, 7/8/14)

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