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Chuck Todd: Grimes 'Disqualified Herself' with Obama Vote Answer

By    |   Friday, 10 October 2014 11:01 AM

Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' refusal to say whether she voted for President Barack Obama "disqualifies" her to be a U.S. senator, said MSNBC's "Meet the Press" host, Chuck Todd.

Todd was reflecting on an editorial board interview the Democrat gave with the Louisville Courier-Journal during which she was repeatedly questioned about whether she backed Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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Grimes sidestepped the question, saying, "This election isn't about the president." She added that she was a "Clinton Democrat," and that her name, not Obama's name, was on the ballot in November.

"It's ridiculous," Todd said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday. "I'm sorry even to say you regret your vote, that would almost seem as disingenuous. But that is — can Kentuckians expect her to cast a tough vote on anything?"

He added that if she was unwilling to answer the question in a straightforward way then it's unlikely she would be able to measure up to the demands of taking difficult positions as a Senate lawmaker.

"Is she ever going to answer a tough question on anything? You want to be a U.S. senator? If you can't say, if you can't find a way to stand behind your party's president — you can disagree with him but can't answer that basic question and come across looking ridiculous. I think she disqualified herself."

Grimes is facing a tight election battle against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  According to the latest poll, she is trailing the Republican by 4 points.
 
During her campaign, she has sought to distance herself from the president, who has an approval rating of just 35 percent in Kentucky.

She has been vocal about her differences with the president on a range of issues, and in a campaign ad released last month, Grimes said, "I'm not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal, and the EPA."

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Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' refusal to say whether she voted for President Barack Obama "disqualifies" her to be a U.S. senator, said MSNBC's "Meet the Press" host, Chuck Todd.
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