Grimes Has Bad Week, Heads To Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch released the following background information in response to Alison Lundergan Grimes heading to Tennessee today after her bad week instead of giving Kentuckians an opportunity to hear where she stands on the issues in a debate with Sen. McConnell. 

 

 

Alison Lundergan Grimes Is In Tennessee Today 

Grimes Dodged Friday Debate To Attend Tennessee College Reunion. Arnold reported Wednesday that Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst wrote in a letter: "On the sole date accepted by the McConnell campaign, Secretary Grimes has a longstanding commitment to visit her alma mater." (Sam Youngman, “McConnell agrees to debate on WHAS-TV, but Grimes cites scheduling conflict,”Herald-Leader, 8/27/14) 

Grimes Caught In Debate Lie

Grimes Declined Today’s Debate, “Citing A Long-standing Commitment” In Tennessee. After last week's agreement by McConnell to debate Grimes on September 5, the Grimes campaign declined, citing a long-standing commitment at her alma mater in Tennessee. (Joe Arnold, “Grimes chides McConnell, campaign explains debate conflict,” WHAS, 9/4/14) 

Rhodes College Says The Grimes Event Today Was “Lined Up ‘Within The Last Week.” “But the Rhodes College political science department employee handling RSVP's for a "Welcome Reception" with Grimes and students on Friday afternoon told WHAS11 the event had just been lined up "within the last week." (Joe Arnold, “Grimes chides McConnell, campaign explains debate conflict,” WHAS, 9/4/14) 

Grimes Still Claims That She Had The Tennessee Commitment For “Quite Some Time.” Grimes would only say that she had had commitments to the Rhodes College president for "quite some time."(Joe Arnold, “Grimes chides McConnell, campaign explains debate conflict,” WHAS, 9/4/14)

‘Troubling’ New Polls For Grimes 

New Polls “Must Worry Grimes.” “The polls contain underlying numbers which must worry Grimes… In the first category are the wide margins McConnell enjoys in eastern and western Kentucky. Those are areas where Democratic President Barack Obama is terribly unpopular and where coal is popular… McConnell also pulls more Democrats to his side in the polls than the Republicans Grimes is attracting.” (Ronnie Ellis, “RONNIE ELLIS: Polls giving edge to McConnell,” Daily Independent, 9/5/14) 

“But Grimes needs to reverse or at least halt the trend to retain a chance on Election Day.” (Ronnie Ellis, “RONNIE ELLIS: Polls giving edge to McConnell,” Daily Independent, 9/5/14) 

WFPL’s Phillip Bailey: “The @CNN poll is the most troubling one yet for @AlisonForKY.” (Phillip Bailey, Twitter Feed, 9/3/14)  

CNN’s Polling Director: “It's likely that there are some Democrats who think that their state is better off with a Kentuckian running the Senate rather than a Democrat who would rank at the very bottom in seniority.” (Mark Preston, “CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014,” CNN, 9/3/14)  

Last Five Polls Show Clear McConnell Lead.

Rasmussen Poll: McConnell +5 (McConnell 46, Grimes 41; 750LV 9/1-9/2)

CNN Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 671LV 8/28-9/1)

Bluegrass Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 46, Grimes 42; 569LV 8/25-8/27)

PPP Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 44, Grimes 40; 991LV 8/7-8/10)

CBS/NYT Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 1,515LV 7/5-7/24) 

Grimes Doubles Down On Controversial Campaign Bus 

Grimes Continues To Face Questions On Allegations She Broke Campaign Finance Laws. “Grimes was in Louisville today to speak to the Rotary Club, and afterwards she told reporters the campaign has looked into the complaint and found no violation of campaign finance laws. She says the whole controversy amounts to a political dirty trick. “Our compliance team, I've asked them to review and re-review and I'm assured that everything the campaign can do on their end has been done,” Grimes said.” (“Grimes brushes aside controversy over campaign bus,” WDRB, 9/5/14)   

Grimes Says She Will Continue To Use Her Controversial Campaign Bus. “The Grimes campaign says it will continue to use the bus when Grimes needs it to travel across the state.” (“Grimes brushes aside controversy over campaign bus,” WDRB, 9/5/14)   

Three Pinocchios For Grimes New Ad 

The “Central Charge” Of Alison Grimes Ad Is “Bogus”. “The central charge–that McConnell somehow profited from his office–is bogus, as we have documented before.” (Glenn Kessler, “Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short,” Washington Post, 9/5/14)

“In other words, it’s false for Grimes to keep suggesting that McConnell’s wealth stems from his “public office.” (Glenn Kessler, “Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short,”Washington Post, 9/5/14) 

Sen. McConnell Did Not Vote For The Tax Breaks That Would Send Jobs Overseas. “McConnell did not actually vote for tax breaks that would send jobs overseas; he cast procedural votes that prevented a vote on proposals that claimed to end such tax breaks. (Two of the votes, in 2012 and 2014, concerned the same bill, the Bring Jobs Home Act.) (Glenn Kessler, “Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short,” Washington Post, 9/5/14) 

Grimes’ Ad “Ignores” That Sen. McConnell Has Played A “Key Role” In Negotiating An Extension Of Unemployment Benefits. “The ad also ignores the fact that McConnell in 2012 twice voted to extend unemployment benefits, in one case playing a key role in negotiating the bill.” (Glenn Kessler, “Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short,” Washington Post, 9/5/14) 

Most Of The Grimes Ad Claims Are “False, Misleading Or Lacking Important Context”. “…most of the other claims in the ad are false, misleading or lacking important context. Three Pinocchios.”(Glenn Kessler, “Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short,” Washington Post, 9/5/14)

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