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Grimes clarifies remarks on Iron Dome, Hamas tunnels

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 6:01 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes clarified her remarks on Israel's Iron Dome system on Wednesday, after critics pounced on her earlier comments in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

In an interview with WHAS11, Grimes said her position has been "clear and consistent."

At the opening of her Lexington campaign headquarters on Tuesday night, Grimes left some with the impression that she believed the Iron Dome missile defense system was being used to stop Hamas fighters from entering Israel from secret tunnels.

"Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East," Grimes is quoted in the Herald-Leader, "and she has the right to defend herself. But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in."

"Alison Lundergan Grimes demonstrated once again that she not only is incapable of leading, but once she gets beyond the Obama talking points she has a frightening lack of understanding on consequential issues confronting our nation," said McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore.

"My position on the Iron Dome remains clear and consistent," Grimes told WHAS11 on Wednesday at a campaign stop in Bullitt County.  "I support Israel; she has a right to defend herself against the attacks from Hamas. And the Iron Dome is an integral part of Israel's defense system."

"It has been why Israel has been able to withstand the missile attacks that Hamas has sent its way, "Grimes continued.  "But also allowing Israel to be able to focus its efforts on the ground game from Hamas trying to tunnel its way into Israel."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Wednesday Grimes' comments were "embarrassing."

"Alison Lundergan Grimes is now a year into her candidacy and is still fundamentally unprepared to answer basic questions and has failed to provide any sort of substantive policy plan," said NRSC press secretary Brook Hougesen said.
 

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