May 21, 2014 8:12 pm -

Alison Lundergan Grimes twice refused to say if she’d have voted for Obamacare when asked Wednesday.

Asked two times whether she’d have voted for the 2010 overhaul, the Kentucky Democrat who is challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told The Associated Press: “I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act.”

Grimes added: “I believe the politically motivated response you continue to see from Mitch McConnell in terms of repeal, root and branch, is not in reality or keeping … with what the facts are here in Kentucky.”…

But sensitive to the political power of Kentuckians benefiting from the law, Grimes stood by it.

“I am not and will not be for taking away insurance that 400,000 Kentuckians just recently got access to,” she said.

The issue has hurt some Democratic candidates in other close Senate races. In Georgia, Senate candidate Michelle Nunn would not answer the question about voting for the health care law when asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. Republicans quickly pounced, saying it was evidence that Nunn would be a “yes” vote for Obama’s policies.

D.B. Hirsch
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No responses to Democratic KY Senate Candidate Refuses To Say If She’d Have Voted For Obamacare

  1. arc99 May 21st, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I realize she is running in a very red state, but come on, wake up and smell the coffee.

    Explain to your constituents that the statewide program they favor, is in fact OBAMACARE.

    Kentuckians like Obamacare. If she blows this opportunity to point out to her constituents that the new health insurance availability provided to them and which they approve of, would not be possible without Obamacare, she deserves to lose.

    In Kentucky, a new Marist poll conducted for NBC News finds that 57 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare,” the shorthand commonly used to label the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That’s compared with only 33 percent who give it a thumbs up – hardly surprising in a state where the president’s approval rating hovers just above 30 percent.

    By comparison, when Kentucky voters were asked to give their impression of “kynect,” the state exchange created as a result of the health care law, the picture was quite different.

    A plurality – 29 percent – said they have a favorable impression of kynect, compared to 22 percent who said they view the system unfavorably. Twenty-seven percent said they hadn’t heard of kynect, and an additional 21 percent said they were unsure.

  2. Foundryman May 21st, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Why would she answer the question? Obamacare is settled law. I wonder why they didn’t ask her if she would have voted for the civil right amendment or going to war in Vietnam or any other law that came about before she ran for office.
    The question should go to McConnell, “Why DIDN’T you vote for Obamacare”?