LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Despite Alison Lundergan Grimes distancing herself from Obama administration policies on coal and heath care on Thursday, a conservative Super PAC released a new television ad on Friday accusing her of being a "rubber stamp" for Obama.
The 30-second commercial by Kentuckians for Strong Leadership (KSL), a Section 527 Super PAC, relies on an interview Grimes gave to blogger James Pence of The Hillbilly Report after Grimes announced her 2011 campaign for Secretary of State (YouTube video of that original video is below).
Pence: “Do you support the national Democratic Party platform?”
GRIMES: “I do, Jim.”
KSL concludes that Grimes' affirmation indicates full support for the national Democratic Party platform, "the blueprint of President Obama’s agenda, including his signature health care law, more spending and higher taxes."
The Super PAC said it is spending $270,000 to run the ad in markets across the state on broadcast and cable.
“Alison Grimes ‘wowed’ a liberal gathering in Martha’s Vineyard last week because she has promised to support everything in Barack Obama’s platform,” said Scott Jennings, a senior advisor to KSL. “Kentuckians overwhelmingly rejected Obama’s platform in 2008 and 2012, and I predict they will do so again in 2014.”
The ad was apparently produced prior to Grimes' comments on Thursday, when she distanced herself from two especially sensitive Obama policies.
"I disagree with the president in his philosophies in terms of coal," Grimes said.
Regarding Obamacare, Grimes said "there are many things that are wrong with (the Affordable Care Act). But instead of trying to repeal it nearly 40 times and wasting our taxpayers money, we should be talking about solutions."
“Alison Grimes says she’s mad about obstruction, and this ad shows why,” Jennings said. “There’s no mystery in what Alison Grimes would do as a Senator – she would vote with President Obama and Harry Reid to pass their national platform, while Mitch McConnell fights to defend Kentucky from Obama’s agenda. That bright line will make the difference next November.”
In a news release, the Super PAC calls Grimes' comments Thursday "apparent flip-flopping on coal and Obamacare."
"Grimes has adopted the John Kerry philosophy of being for Obama's policies before she was against them," Jennings said. "There's only one thing worse than being a liberal in a race like this, and that’s being a liberal who speaks out of both sides of her mouth. Kentucky voters are too smart for that. Senators only get one chance to vote."
Original interview with Hillbilly Report's James Pence: