CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger criticized Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes for her refusal to say whether she voted for President Obama during a discussion of the 2014 Senate races on CNN’s “Wolf” on Friday.
Anchor Wolf Blitzer wondered, “why can’t she simply say ‘I voted for the Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008 and 2012,’ or if she didn’t, [say] ‘I voted for John McCain or Mitt Romney’ or maybe a third-party candidate. Why can’t she answer that question?”
Bash reported “I was there with her, I’ve been there a couple of times, and tried to ask her, not whether she voted for him, but where she thinks she’s different from him, and she again wouldn’t answer specific questions. So, this is two-fold. One, her problem with Obama, but two, the problem she has is that she is a little bit too scripted, and too programmed and that hurts her in a time when she needs to be honest and everybody wants authenticity.”
“Grimes is inexplicable to me. Why she would not just say who she voted for, and if she voted for President Obama, she can then go on to say, ‘but you know what, he’s disappointed me. These are the mistakes he’s made. I’m not Barack Obama,’ as she said in her ads over and over again. I don’t understand why she won’t answer a direct question because it makes her look evasive and it makes her look hypocritical unless she can say, ‘yes, I voted for Barack Obama, and here’s why that was wrong’” Borger declared.
Bash added, “this again speaks to a broader problem that Democrats have, particularly Alison Lundergan Grimes, since she’s running to unseat a potential Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She is running in a state where President Obama is incredibly unpopular. She’s been trying to move away from him for a long time but she has historically had problems articulating that.”
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