“Sanctity Of The Ballot”: Rep. John Yarmuth Piles On

October 16, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Rep. John Yarmuth Proudly Tells MSNBC He Voted For Obama Twice, Then Laughs


LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information highlighting how Alison Lundergan Grimes is being mocked in the national media after citing “sanctity of the ballot” as her reason for not telling Kentuckians that she voted for Barack Obama.

Rep. Yarmuth Proudly States That He Voted For Barack Obama Twice, Then Laughs. JOSE DIAZ-BALART: “And Congressman, before I let you go, let me ask you. Did you vote for President Obama?” REP. JOHN YARMUTH: “I did, twice.” (MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, 10/16/14)

Grimes Cities “Sanctity Of The Ballot Box” As The Reason Why She Will Not Say She Voted For 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) 


Josh Earnest Had No Problem Stating He Voted For Obama Twice. “"I’ve seen some of the news reports about her campaign, but I don’t know. I mean, I’ll tell you that I voted for the president." (Justin Sink, “WH dodges controversy over Grimes vote,” The Hill, 10/14/14)

White House Press Corps Also Erupted In Laughter Over Grimes Non-Answer. “You know it’s bad for Alison Lundergan Grimes when Josh Earnest, of all people, is making jokes at her expense. At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Earnest, along with the press corps, specifically ABC’s Jon Karl and Fox News’ Ed Henry, had a laugh at the Kentucky Senate candidate’s refusal to answer whether she voted for President Barack Obama. (Al Weaver, “White House Press Corps Mocks Alison Lundergan Grimes During Press Briefing [VIDEO],”Daily Caller, 10/14/14)

In 2008, Hillary Clinton Had No Problem Saying That She Voted For Barack Obama. “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast her vote for Barack Obama, saying that voters understand that the nation needs "a serious president for serious times." Clinton voted Tuesday with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in their hometown of Chappaqua in New York's Westchester County.” (Jim Fitzgerald, “Hillary Clinton casts vote for Obama,” Associated Press, 11/4/08)     

Media Fact Checkers On Grimes “Puzzling Interpretation” Of The Kentucky Constitution

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Odd Take On Constitution In Kentucky Debate… It's a puzzling interpretation of the constitution she was talking about — Kentucky's, which guarantees to all people of the state… But nothing requires Kentuckians particularly or Americans broadly to stay mum on their choice in the ballot box… Yet everyone's free to blab about it if they want, or free not to, including a secretary of state who is in the thick of the political fray, as a candidate in a race where the outcome may shape what Obama can do in the next two years. Moreover, she was a delegate for Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Odd take on Constitution in Ky debate,” Associated Press, 10/14/14) 

WAVE: During The Debate Grimes Stated That The Constitution Prevented Her From Saying She Voted For Obama, But That Is False. “During the debate, Grimes again refused to answer whether she had voted for President Barack Obama, an issue that has plagued her over the past week. “Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the right to privacy at the ballot box,” Grimes told moderator Bill Goodman. “I'm not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky to curry favor on one side or the other.” Grimes' take on the state Constitution needs clarification, Reality Check found. “All elections by the people shall be by secret official ballot,” reads Kentucky's official document. Yet Grimes implies that she's barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that.” (Theo Keith, “REALITY CHECK: Examining McConnell, Grimes' debate talking points,” WAVE, 10/14/14)

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