Alison Lundergan Grimes is a Democrat running in a state very skeptical about Washington, socially conservative, and very hostile towards President Obama. This has in turn resulted in an awkward tight rope walk for Grimes regarding several issues and how they correlate with the President’s own agenda and the platform of the National Democratic Party.
In an uncomfortable interview conducted Thursday between Lundergan Grimes and the Louisville Courier Journal, Grimes refused to answer whether she voted for President Obama or not. “You know, this election isn’t about the president. It’s about making sure we put Kentuckians back to work,” she stated.
Other awkward exchanges about her disagreement with the President on certain issues have not been uncommon. Though overall she supports the Affordable Care Act, Grimes has issued concern with certain aspects of the law; including the small business mandate. “There are 700,000 businesses in Kentucky and I am concerned that especially the smaller ones are overburdened,” Grimes is on record saying.
Even on certain touchy social issues, such as marriage equality, Grimes is hesitant to show enthusiastic support just to appeal to a liberal base. When the issue of whether the Supreme Court should strike down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage came into question Grimes made the following statement ,” while I don’t believe any church should be forced to recognize anything that is inconsistent with their teachings, my husband and I have been married for seven years, and I believe others should have the opportunity to make that same commitment.”
Not the most vocal form of support, icy at best, yet still a very loose endorsement of the issue. Once again, for Grimes as it is for many other Democrats running for reelection in the South it’s a tight rope walk.
An October 4-October 7 Poll conducted by FOX puts McConnell in the lead by four percentage points: McConnell has support amongst 45% of those polled vs. Lundergan Grimes who has 41% support amongst those polled. The race remains close. All eyes remain on Kentucky.