While Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat still remains in the RCP toss-up category, the numbers continue to hold in his favor and look to be slipping away from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with just over three weeks left in the midterm election cycle.
Grimes’ worst fears may be reality with the circulation of a new video interview with a media editorial board. In it she is asked — four times — whether she voted for Barack Obama, and she refuses to answer the question every time. What’s more, she won’t even answer whether she’ll answer the question about her vote.
After being asked the second time, Grimes responded, “I respect the sanctity of the ballot box, and I know the members of this editorial board do as well.”
Undeterred, the interviewer presses, “So you’re not going to answer?” To which Grimes stonewalls further, “Again, I don’t think that the president is on the ballot, as much as Mitch McConnell might want him to be. It’s my name, and it’s going to be me who’s holding him accountable for the failed decisions and votes that he has made against the people of Kentucky.”
With President Obama’s approval numbers on the floor, now is arguably the worst time to be asked this question. If Grimes had any remaining chance at picking off McConnell’s seat for Democrats, it like has just vanished.
We expect in the coming days that clips from this interview will appear in ads from the McConnell campaign to put the final nail in Grimes’ coffin.