‘Grimes Jumps Shark’

October 10, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Media Piles On As Embattled Grimes Campaign Remains Silent About Her Votes For Obama

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information as the media continues to pile on Alison Lundergan Grimes for refusing to say that she voted for Barack Obama. 

Fox News: “Grimes jumps shark, won't say she voted for Obama” (Chris Stirewalt, “Grimes jumps shark, won't say she voted for Obama,” Fox News, 10/10/14) 

Courier-Journal: Grimes Non-Answer Left Commentators Questioning Whether She Was A Viable Candidate. “Video of Grimes trying to not answer the question went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of hits on various websites that posted it and she had numerous commentators questioning whether she is a viable candidate because of it.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes’ non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes’ non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” Courier-Journal, 10/10/14)

Stuart Rothenberg: “It’s Quite Possible It’s the Worst Moment’ Of Her Campaign.” “It’s quite possible it’s the worst moment” of her campaign, he said. “We’re coming down the stretch. The race is close … and here she goes and she confirms what a lot of people were thinking or wondering about her — whether she’s honest, whether she’s forthright, how politically astute she is.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes’ non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” Courier-Journal, 10/10/14)

Campaign Has Still Not Responded To Questions On Grimes’ Non-Answer. “Grimes campaign manager Johnathan Hurst didn't respond to an email asking if the campaign had a response to the negative reviews.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes’ non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” Courier-Journal, 10/10/14)

Mark Halperin: “Is Alison Lundergan Grimes’ failure to say how she cast her most recent two presidential ballots… a campaign-defining moment?” (Mark Halperin, “Mark Halperin's Daybook,” Bloomberg, 10/10/14)

NBC: “And yesterday, Democratic Kentucky Senate nominee Alison Grimes couldn’t answer the simple question of if she voted for President Obama.” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dann, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '14, NBC, 10/10/14)

NBC: “If Pryor and Grimes ultimately lose their races -- and the preponderance of polls show them trailing -- these missteps will be evidence of how they lost their races.” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dann, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '14, NBC, 10/10/14)

NBC: “But if you’re a successful politician, you’ve got to have better answers than these. And both Pryor and Grimes showed an inability to be nimble” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dann, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '14, NBC, 10/10/14)

NBC: “By the way, if Grimes is going to win, she needs a fired up Democratic base as well as an ability to win swing voters. Her answer could serve to turn off base Democratic voters while at the same time coming across as disingenuous to folks in the middle who may be totally unhappy with McConnell.” (Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dann, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '14, NBC, 10/10/14)

Washington Post: “No question, Grimes botched this badly, and she should be able to answer a question as simple as this one.” (Paul Waldman, “How the media has helped normalize GOP crazy,” Washington Post, 10/10/14)

Washington Post: “Did Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012? She's not saying, over and over and over again.” (Reid Wilson, “READ IN: Pressure On Pressler,” Washington Post, 10/10/14)

Washington Post: Grimes Was “Cringe-Worthy” “Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes was perhaps even more cringe-worthy in her repeated refusals to say whether she had voted for President Obama.” (Jennifer Rubin, “Phony independents, fake Obama skeptics,” Washington Post, 10/10/14)

Washington Post: Grimes “Awkward Non-Answer” Is Getting Noticed “Big Time” “Meanwhile, Grimes’s awkward non-answer on whether she voted for President Obama is getting noticed – big time.” (Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake, Sean Sullivan, “The 13 races that will decide Senate control,” Washington Post, 10/10/14)

ABC: Grimes Non-Answer Is Worse Than Simply Saying She Voted Twice For Obama. “…but you can’t argue that she botched the answer and comes across as being less than forthcoming, straight-forward or honest. Isn’t that worse than simply saying she voted for him and is disappointed by how some things have turned out? Every Democratic campaign should watch this and ask their candidate if they have a better answer to an obvious question” (Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Goes West To Win,” ABC, 10/10/14)

The Hill: “Grimes Has Often Struggled To Respond To Unscripted Questions” “Republicans seized on the initial clip of the interview, blasting it out to reporters Thursday, as further evidence Grimes has little substance to offer to voters. She has often struggled to respond to unscripted questions on the campaign trail or avoided answering them altogether. (Alexandra Jaffe, “Chuck Todd: Grimes 'disqualified herself',” The Hill, 10/10/14)

Washington Times: Grimes Obama Dodge Has Drawn “Harsh Criticism” From The Media. “Her dodging of the question drew harsh criticism form political pundits. NBC News’ Chuck Todd said Friday that Mrs. Grimes had effectively “disqualified herself” from the race.” (S.A. Miller, “Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes won’t say whether she voted for Obama,” Washington Times, 10/10/14)

Daily Caller: “But it’s not just what she didn’t say, but how she didn’t say it that made her look so bad. Her prevarication was so pathetic and transparent that it prompted Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough to advise, “Don’t treat us like we’re stupid” — and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to conclude: ”I think she disqualified herself.” (Matt Lewis, “Alison, I Know This World Is Killing You,” Daily Caller, 10/10/14)

Townhall: “Her avoidance of the question, and her motive for doing so, is painfully transparent to any sentient being who watches the tape… In some ways, her elusive non-answers are more powerful and damaging than a "yes, but" response would be.  Her approach makes it crystal clear that she (a) voted for Obama, and (b) thinks people are stupid.  Not a good look at all.” (Guy Benson, “Brutal Video: Grimes Refuses to Say if She Voted For Obama Four Times in 40 Seconds,” Townhall, 10/10/14)

Even The Daily Kos Called Grimes’ Non-Answer Out. “Even the liberal Daily Kos website took shots at Grimes. “No one is impressed by that. Kentucky people think she is a Democrat and assume she voted for Obama,” the website wrote. “Either she did or did not. If she did not, she should say so. Here she just looks cowardly,” Kos wrote. “And this does nothing to increase turnout. Pathetic on her part.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes’ non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” Courier-Journal, 10/10/14)


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