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214154-mcconnell-grimes-throw-punches-at-kentucky-fancy-farm-fightThe Hill:

Alexandra Jaffe






FANCY FARM, Ky. -- The contrast was stark and the messages crystal clear at Saturday’s Fancy Farm faceoff between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.


Grimes, the secretary of State, emphasized her youth and freshness against McConnell’s age and long tenure in Washington. Making her pitch to women voters, at one point she compared McConnell to the hit show “Mad Men”: “Treating women unfairly, stuck in 1968 and ending this season.”


But McConnell hammered home both Grimes’ inexperience and ties to President Obama in a one-two punch of sorts, rattling off a list of similarities between the two: “He was only two years into his first big job when he started campaigning for the next one…his campaign raised millions from extreme liberals…he really didn’t have any qualifications.”


“Sound familiar?” McConnell asked, to cheers from the crowd.




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Video: McConnell’s wife punches back against ‘anti-women’ attacks in new ad
Guy Benson

August 5, 2014


Reports that Democrats are abandoning their demagogic ‘war on women’ trope must come as news to Sen. Mitch McConnell, whose Democratic opponent has flooded Kentucky’s airwaves with ads that essentially accuse him of favoring violence against women. Alison Lundergan Grimes has repeated this attack on the campaign trail in an unsubtle bid to open up a decisive gender gap that has yet to materialize, according to a recent poll. McConnell’s campaign is up with a response ad starring McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao:





The spot highlights the fact that McConnell co-sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act, and that he supported alternative versions of the recently-updated law, which the ad says would have provided “stronger protections for women than Obama’s agenda will allow.” The Atlantic’s Molly Ball looked into why some conservatives objected to the re-authorization of VAWA in recent years, and discovered that — surprise! — they harbored substantive concerns about a handful of elements within the bill’s legislative language:



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