Debate Reviews: ‘McConnell Was In Command’

October 13, 2014
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Grimes Dodge On Obama Vote Called ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Insanely Stupid’ & ‘Breathtakingly Stupid’  

LEXINGTON – Team Mitch today released the following background information on media reviews following McConnell’s winning performance and Grimes’ hiding her vote for Obma.

ABC’s Jeff Zeleny: “McConnell was in command of the night…” (Twitter Feed, Jeff Zeleny, 10/13/14)

Stephen Voss: “Ouch, Grimes looks awful on this multimillionaire thing.  #kysen” (Twitter Feed, Stephen Voss, 10/13/14)

NBC’s Luke Russert: “..insanely stupid non-answer re her '12 POTUS vote." (Twitter Feed, Luke Russert, 10/13/14)

NBC’s Luke Russert: “I think Grimes' decision to push "privacy at ballot box" is insanely stupid bc she's asking 4.4 mil to let her rep them--her opinion counts” (Twitter Feed, Luke Russert, 10/13/14)

CBS’s Jeff Greenfield: “Grimes' debate answer on not saying who she'd voted  for: "A matter of principle." Breathtakingly stupid on the merits AND politically.” (Twitter Feed, Jeff Greenfield, 10/13/14)

CBS: “The simple question Grimes won't answer – again” (Stephanie Condon, “The simple question Grimes won't answer – again,” CBS, 10/13/14)

USA Today’s Susan Davis: “…her continued refusal to candidly answer whether or not she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 is likely to haunt her in the final weeks of the race.” (Susan Davis, “McConnell, Grimes finally face off in Kentucky Senate debate,” USA Today, 10/13/14)

Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman: Grimes Refused To Say That She Voted For Barack Obama, Citing The “Sanctity” Of The Ballot Box, Yet In 2008 She Said She Voted For Hilary Clinton. “Grimes again refused to say whether she voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012, saying that as the state's chief elections officer, she has a duty to protect the "sanctity" of the ballot box and Americans' right to a secret ballot. That is a change from when Grimes told the show Ballot Bomb, a KET program set to air later this month, that she voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.” (Sam Youngman, “Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes take their talking points face to face,” Herald-Leader, 10/13/14)

The Hill: “Grimes doubles down on refusal to talk about Obama vote” (Alexander Bolton, “Grimes doubles down on refusal to talk about Obama vote,” The Hill,10/13/14)

The Hill’s Alex Bolton: “Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes again refused to cede ground on her controversial refusal to reveal whether she voted for President Obama.” (Alexander Bolton, “Grimes doubles down on refusal to talk about Obama vote,” The Hill, 10/13/14)

Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth: Grimes “Again Refused To Answer” Whether She Voted For Obama. “Early on, Grimes again refused to answer whether she voted for Obama. She said that as Kentucky's secretary of state, it is her responsibility to protect the sanctity of the secret ballot and therefore she shouldn't answer the question.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes, McConnell tangle in debate,” Courier-Journal, 10/13/14)

Townhall’s Guy Benson: “Having had days to come up with a better answer, Grimes yet again resorts to embarrassing evasions about voting for Obama. C'mon. #KYSen” (Twitter Feed, Guy Benson, 10/13/14)

Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan: Grimes Dodges The Question On Who She Voted For In 2012 Again. “Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) declined Monday to say whether she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, dodging the question for the second time in five days.” (Sean Sullivan, “Grimes defends choice not to say if she voted for Obama, citing wish to protect privacy,” Washington Post, 10/13/14)

Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas: Grimes “Surprised Observers” With Her Obama Non-Answer Again. “Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has taken heat from the left and right for recently refusing to admit whether she voted for Barack Obama for president. So it surprised observers when she again dodged the question when pressed during Monday night’s U.S. Senate debate with Republican Mitch McConnell.” (Alex Pappas, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Again Dodges Whether She Voted For Obama,” Daily Caller, 10/13/14)

National Review’s Joel Gehrke: “Grimes never explained, during the debate, how choosing to reveal her vote would undermine the secrecy of other voters’ ballots.” (Joel Gehrke, “Again: Grimes Refuses to Say She Voted for Obama During Debate With McConnell,” National Review, 10/13/14)

Washington Examiner’s David Drucker: "There's no reluctancy…" Grimes when asked whether she voted for Obama, before proceeding not to answer it. #KYSEN (Twitter Feed, David Drucker, 10/13/14)

Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman: “Grimes did tell UK's Buck and Austin Ryan she voted for HRC in '08 primary” (Twitter Feed, Sam Youngman,10/13/14)

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell: “Will @AlisonForKY tell voters that she intends to vote for herself Nov 4th? Or is that a secret ballot right too?”(Twitter Feed, Kelly O’Donnell, 10/13/14)

Huffington Post’s Sam Stein: “This Grimes answer on reducing poverty is vague and filled with bromides” (Twitter Feed, Sam Stein, 10/13/14)

Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel: Grimes Has “Been Dinged” By Her False Claim On Sen. McConnell’s Wealth. “…she has been dinged -- as McConnell pointed out -- by The Washington Post and its "Pinocchios" system for her insinuation that he used his public position to make millions. (Amanda Terkel, “Mitch McConnell: I Didn't Earn My Millions, I Inherited Them!,” Huffington Post, 10/13/14)


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