Grimes stays on message at Wendell Ford dinner


by WHAS editors

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It was our first chance to speak with Grimes since our interview last week got national play when Grimes declined four times to say whether she supported President Obama's $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with the flood of immigrant children from Central America.

That question was put to her again.

She said: “Well, again, my response remains the same. It's an example of Washington not working, and I believe as most Kentuckians do that we shouldn't be giving the president a blank check but rather understanding how the funds will be used to transfer these children back safely to their families and most importantly to secure the border.

"But had comprehensive immigration reform been passed, again we could possibly not be here today.”

Grimes has also walked a tightrope on Obamacare. 

In an interview last August, she touted the jobs created by the Affordable Care Act, but has since declined to say whether she would have voted for it.

WHAS11’s Alex Schumann asked her would she have voted for Obamacare?

"I continue to maintain that here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, there are 415,000 Kentuckians whose lives are better because of it. There are things that need to be fixed with the act, and when I am there in the United States Senate, together we'll get that done,” she said.

Finally, what did Grimes say to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a DC fundraiser June 5? 
Her campaign pledged she would to use the event to talk about EPA policies hurting Kentuckians in coal country and to push for clean coal technology. In a secret recording of the event, however, Grimes did not mention coal.

“When I went to Washington D.C., I let the leader know that I don't stand in agreement with the president's philosophies as it relates to his energy philosophy nor as it relates to Mitch McConnell's philosophy.

"Kentucky is ready for a senator that will fight for clean coal technology funding, that will work to get the investments we need for infrastructure back here and to most importantly help to diversify our economy,” she said.