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New Ky. Senate ads wait for answers from McConnell, Grimes

by Joe Arnold


Posted on July 8, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 5:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A retired Eastern Kentucky coal miner appears alongside Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in the second general election television ad of her campaign, asking why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for a budget plan that would have raised out of pocket expenses for Medicare recipients.

"How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" asks Don Disney, identified in the commercial as from Cloverlick, Kentucky, a coal mining area in Cumberland, Kentucky.

Seated on folding chairs in front of a fire truck, Grimes and Disney sit in silence for about five seconds, a dog barking in the distance.  Finally, Grimes interjects, "I don't think he's gonna answer that."

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the budget plan drafted by House Budget chief Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), for which McConnell voted, would raise a typical Medicare beneficiary's annual out-of-pocket costs by about $6,000.

Meanwhile, another television commercial also debuting on Tuesday skewers Grimes for dodging questions and muddling answers in the campaign. 

The commercial by the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c)4 nonprofit which supports McConnell, quotes newspaper stories and editorials and uses clips of television coverage to illustrate their point.

“Media reports tell us people just don’t know where Grimes stands because she refuses to say, dodging reporters or ‘awkwardly’ declining to answer questions about important topics like Obamacare," said Scott Jennings, Senior Advisor to the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition.

"She either doesn’t know the answers or is afraid to reveal certain positions because they are out of step with Kentucky values," Jennings continued.  "Either way, sending Alison Grimes to Washington is just too risky.”

The ad runs through July 16 and is part of the previously announced $4.66 million ad buy by the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition which runs through the end of August.

Grimes' new ad also appears to be the first of a series.

At the end of the commercial, a graphic reads, "to be continued."

"I'll work to strengthen Medicare, not bankrupt seniors like Don," Grimes says.