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McConnell campaign releases new ad

by Claudia Coffey


Posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

(WHAS11) --  After weeks of negative attack ads and back and forth between candidates, the dust may be starting to settle.

Senator Mitch McConnell's campaign released a new ad exclusively to WHAS11, and it's a totally different look and appeal, since Fancy Farm.

Meantime, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to hammer away at McConnell's voting record on women's issues.

"Over these next 15 months, we are going to decide what kind of America we want to have. The kind of Kentucky we are going to have."
It's a change of pace from the rapid fire attack ads we've seen in recent weeks.

The new McConnell ad was shot during Fancy Farm, by filmmaker Lucas Baiano, 25, who's worked with everyone from Hillary Clinton to Rick Perry to Tim Pawlenty.

Campaign manager Jesse Benton said the ad captures the grassroots support at this year's Fancy Farm.
It features a number of women voicing support for McConnell. Opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes has repeatedly pointed out McConnell's weakness on women's issues, in ads and at Fancy Farm.

"And Senator you are failing to stand up for the good women of Kentucky when you vote against the Violence Against Women Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, it stops now," Grimes, said.

Grimes campaign released this statement:

"Today's new ad from the McConnell campaign is a desperate attempt to distract not only from the issues at stake in this race, but also Senator McConnell's disastrous Fancy Farm speech."

A second Democratic pollster released a poll last week, showing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with a slim lead over Republican Incumbent Mitch McConnell. It's a 44-42 lead, that poll was done prior to Fancy Farm and this latest round of ads.