Grimes Public About Previous Votes As She Hides Obama Vote

October 13, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LEXINGTON – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes admitting her vote for Hillary Clinton while hiding her vote for Barack Obama. 

Grimes Said She Voted For Hillary Clinton 

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) 

Grimes: “I Got A Chance Though To Vote For Secretary Clinton In 2008”. “Grimes said she turned 18 in 1996, "unfortunately" after President Bill Clinton's election. "I had hoped to be able to vote for him. I got a chance though to vote for Secretary (Hillary) Clinton in 2008," she said.”(Jack Brammer, Sam Youngman, “McConnell says he voted for Nixon; criticizes Grimes for not saying if she voted for Obama,” Herald-Leader, 10/10/14)

 Obama Delegate Alison Lundergan Grimes Refuses To Say She Voted For Obama

When Asked By The Courier-Journal, Grimes Refused To Say Four Times If She Voted For Obama. “U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes found herself under attack from the right, left and the middle on Friday following an editorial board interview with The Courier-Journal in which she four times refused to say if she voted for President Barack Obama.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes' non-answer on Obama vote ridiculed,” Courier-Journal, 10/10/14)

After Courier-Journal Appearance, Grimes Still Refuses To Say If She Voted For Barack Obama. “I believe that all Kentuckians understand the sanctity of the ballot box. It's not about who I voted for 2 years ago or back in '08. It's about what I will vote for when we go to Washington, D.C. (“Grimes, McConnell Attend Logan Co. Tobacco and Heritage Festival,” WBKO, 10/11/14) 

Grimes Dodge Sparks Journalist Pile On

CN2: “With three weeks until Election Day, national pundits are casting Grimes’ non-answers as an unforced fumble that could change the election narrative in the final hours.” (Nick Storm, “Grimes blasted for dodging question on Obama votes,” CN2, 10/10/14)

Chuck Todd, NBC: “I think she disqualified herself. I really do. I think she disqualified herself.” (MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 10/10/14)  

Washington Post: ‘Painful’ “40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama” (Philip Bump, “40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama,” 10/9/14)

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) 

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)

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)

Alison Grimes Was A Delegate At The 2008 Democratic National Convention

“Having attended two Democratic conventions, Grimes could easily be tied to the national party's stances. Many of those stances don't line up with Kentucky voters' views.” (Kenny Colston, “Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin,” WFPL, 3/20/13)

Grimes Was A Member Of The 2008 DNC Rules Committee. (Kentucky Secretary Of State Website, Accessed 7/27/13)

In 2012, Grimes Said Her Support Of The Democratic Party And Obama Was “Well-Known”

When Asked About The Political Risk For Kentucky Democrats To Support Obama, Grimes Said “I’m A Lifelong Democrat. I’m Very Proud Of That And The Values Our Party Stands For. My Support For Our Party And Our Nominee Is Well-Known.” “Asked if there is a political risk for Democratic officeholders in Kentucky to talk about Obama, Grimes said, ‘I’m a lifelong Democrat. I’m very proud of that and the values our party stands for. My support of our party and our nominee is well-known.’” (Jack Brammer, “Kentucky Democrats Bash Romney, Even If They Don’t Mention Obama,” Herald Leader, 8/3/12)

Grimes Attended The 2012 Democratic National Convention

Grimes Was A Member Of The Kentucky Delegation To The DNC. “The Kentucky delegation to the Democratic National Convention is a mix of first-timers, activists and pretty much every major Democratic Party office-holder in the state.” (James Carroll, “2012 Democratic National Convention: Here Is The Kentucky Delegation,” Courier-Journal, 9/2/12)

Grimes Added “It’s No Secret That I Will Be In North Carolina To Support Our Nominee [Obama] And Party.” “She added: ‘It’s no secret that I will be in North Carolina (for the Democratic presidential convention) to support our nominee and party.’” (Jack Brammer, “Kentucky Democrats Bash Romney, Even If They Don’t Mention Obama,” Herald Leader, 8/3/12)

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