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Today, Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Released Her Second Negative Ad Attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  “Alison Lundergan Grimes’ is out with a new television ad hitting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on comments he made about his role in  job creation in April. ABC News got a sneak peak of Grimes’ second television ad featuring Kentuckians asking questions to McConnell. The ad—titled ‘Question from David’–begins with Grimes sitting next to David Stanley from Putney, Kentucky outside of a gas station.” (Shushannah Walshe, “New Alison Lundergan Grimes Ad Hits Mitch McConnell On ‘Not My Job’ Comment,” ABC News, 7/22/14)

  • Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett Called Grimes’ New Ad “Unfair And Untrue.” “KCA president Bill Bissett said Tuesday morning that Grimes’ new ad, which combines coal job losses with McConnell’s remark to a newspaper about jobs, makes a false connection between what McConnell told The Beattyville Enterprise and the loss of coal jobs. ‘It is unfair and untrue to blame U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for the loss of coal jobs in Eastern Kentucky,’ Bissett said. ‘I can say with great confidence that Sen. McConnell and his staff have done everything they can to support Kentucky’s coal miners and coal production, but these efforts have been stopped at every turn in the United States Senate by Sen. Harry Reid, who currently sets the Senate’s agenda.’” (Sam Youngman, “Coal Association: Grimes’ New Ad Incorrectly Blames McConnell For Mining Job Losses,” The Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/22/14)

Grimes’ First Negative Campaign Ad Was Found To Be“False” By Non-Partisan Fact Checkers

Earlier This Month, Grimes Used “Shaky Claims” In Her First Ad Attacking McConnell Over Medicare. “Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they’ve surfaced in this year’s midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in the country. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent, released her first attack ad Tuesday, accusing McConnell of voting to raise a retired coal miner’s Medicare costs by $6,000.” (Adam Beam and Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,” The Associated Press, 7/8/14)

  • PolitiFact Rated The Medicare Attack In Her Ad As “False.” “In the Grimes campaign ad, a Kentucky resident claims that McConnell ‘voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000.’ The $6,000 figure cited in multiple studies measures a specific amount: The average out-of-pocket costs a new senior would pay in 2022 if Medicare changed to a more privatized system. People who turned 65 prior to 2022, like the retiree in Grimes’ ad, would remain in the current Medicare system and would not incur those costs. The counterpoint from the Grimes campaign is existing seniors will have to pay some costs if the Ryan plan passes. That may be true, but the $6,000 figure is completely unrelated to that discussion, and using a statistic about future retirees to make a broader point about current retirees makes for a misleading ad. We rate the claim False.” (Steve Controno, “Did Mitch McConnell Vote To Raise A Senior’s Medicare Costs By $6,000?” PolitiFact, 7/10/14)
  • The Washington Post’s The FactChecker Gave Grimes’ Ad “Four Pinocchios.” “In any case, there is no excuse for Democrats to keep hauling out this $6,000 figure. It is derived from an analysis that has been withdrawn of a plan that no longer exists.Four Pinocchios.” (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky Shootout Over Stale Medicare Claims,” The Washington Post’s The FactChecker, 7/11/14)
  • FactCheck.org: “McConnell Did No Such Thing.” “The Grimes TV spot first appeared July 8. In it, she sits next to an older man, Don Disney of Cloverlick, Kentucky, who puts the old Democratic ghost story in the form of a question for McConnell: ‘Senator, I’m a retired coal miner and I want to know how you could have voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000.’ The answer is, McConnell did no such thing. Nor did any other Republican.” (Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley and Lori Robertson, “Medicare Ghost Stories,” FactCheck.org, 7/9/14)

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Mark Warner’s Old Dominion Dodge

In A Recent Interview, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) “Dodged” A Question On Whether He Would Welcome Obama To Campaign Trail, Noting That He Wasn’t “Going To Predict Who Is Going To Campaign When Or Where” For Him. “And in a recent interview in Richmond, Warner dodged a question about whether he would welcome Obama to join him on the stump this year. ‘I’m going to win or lose this race based upon Virginia voters’ assessment of who I am, what kind of job I have done for them as governor, and as senator. I’m not going to predict who is going to campaign when or where,’ he said.” (Markus Schmidt, “Warner Makes His Case For Second Senate Term,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/21/14)

  • FLASHBACK: In April, When Asked If He Would Welcome Obama On The Campaign Trail, Warner Twice “Punted” On The Question. “He punted when asked if he would welcome President Barack Obama to campaign with him before November. ‘There will be time to talk about the campaign,’ he said. ‘I have worked with the President, but there are areas where I disagree with the President.’ As examples, Warner pointed to entitlement reform and energy policy, specifically his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and offshore oil and gas drilling. ‘So that’s a maybe?’ a reporter followed up. Warner was already moving on to shake the next hand.” (Peter Hamby, “In The Virginia Woods, Mark Warner Is Trailed By ObamaCare,” CNN, 4/16/14)

And Last Week, Warner Was A “No-Show” At Obama’s Appearance At The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center In McLean, Virginia. “Consequently, the Democrat has not made any joint appearances with the president of late. For example, when Obama made a trip across the Potomac River into Virginia on Tuesday, pushing his plan to fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund in McLean, Warner was a no-show. His spokesman said he was tending to Senate business.” (Markus Schmidt, “Warner Makes His Case For Second Senate Term,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/21/14)

No Wonder – Obama’s Low Approval Is Dragging Him Down

Obama’s “Plummeting Approval Ratings” Will Be A Drag On Warner’s Reelection Campaign. “Sen. Mark R. Warner’s biggest challenge in his re-election bid may not be his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie, but President Barack Obama’s plummeting approval ratings.” (Markus Schmidt, “Warner Makes His Case For Second Senate Term,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/21/14)

  • Virginia Progress PAC, A Democratic Super PAC Is Warning Donors That The Virginia Senate Race Will Tighten Up Due To Obama’s Unpopularity In The State. “A Democratic super PAC focused on reelecting Mark Warner has been making the case to donors that Virginia’s sleepy Senate race could become very competitive — private messaging at odds with public posturing from national Democrats, who argue that the contest should not be on the map and that Warner is safe. Talking points provided to a potential donor, obtained by POLITICO, are eerily similar to the pitch that Republican candidate Ed Gillespie is making to his own donors. Virginia Progress PAC, which has since changed its name to the End Gridlock Committee, said in a document distributed last month that it already has $2 million in cash and fundraising commitments and aims to raise another $500,000.” (James Hohmann, “Va. Democratic Super PAC: Obama ‘Could Hurt’ Warner,” Politico, 7/16/14)

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