Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes take their talking points face to face

Posted by on October 13, 2014
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There were skirmishes but little new ground was broken as U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes delivered their well-worn attack lines to each other’s faces Monday night on statewide television.

In the only scheduled televised debate of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate election, McConnell continued his central campaign theme of tying Grimes to the national Democratic Party and President Barack Obama, while Grimes assailed McConnell as having “gone Washington” and being beholden to the Koch brothers.

There were no obvious major missteps by either candidate as they debated for nearly 60 minutes on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program, other than those they have already endured.

Grimes again refused to say whether she voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012, saying that as the state’s chief elections officer, she has a duty to protect the “sanctity” of the ballot box and Americans’ right to a secret ballot.

That is a change from when Grimes told the show Ballot Bomb, a KET program set to air later this month, that she voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

For his part, McConnell held fast to his opposition to the federal health care law though host Bill Goodman worked hard to explore whether McConnell would support keeping Kynect, the health insurance exchange Kentucky implemented under the federal law.

The senator referred to Kynect as a website that is being funded by a federal grant.

When Goodman asked if McConnell would support continuing Kynect, McConnell said: “That’s fine. Yeah, I think it’s fine to have a website.”

On Tuesday, both McConnell and Grimes will head to different parts of the state to try and sell their closing arguments.

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