Quadrupling Down? KY Dem STILL Not Saying If She Voted for Obama
Carl Cameron reported from Kentucky on the morning after a key debate between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and his election opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).
Lundergan Grimes had already made headlines before this debate by declining to say if she voted for President Obama.
As Cameron put it, Lundergan Grimes appeared to be "quadrupling down" on her strategy when faced with the question again.
The moderator asked why she was "reluctant" to say whether she voted for Barack Obama.
"There's no reluctance. This is a matter of principle," she said.
"Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, for a secret ballot. You have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right. And as Secretary of State, the chief election official, I'm tasked with overseeing and making sure that we're enforcing all of our election laws. I work very closely, especially with members of our military, to ensure the privacy of the ballot box."
Cameron said her refusals have been seen as a "huge flub" in the campaign, with her own party questioning her strategy. Obama's approval rating is currently around 30 percent in Kentucky.
McConnell denied there is any "sacred right to not announce how we vote," answering that he "proudly" voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008.
Karl Rove analyzed the race and the other key matchups later on "America's Newsroom," predicting that McConnell will come out on top in the end.
He said Grimes appears to be in "the desperation stage" and her claims about her presidential election votes look "cheesy."
"She is on the record as saying, 'I voted in the primary in 2008 for Hillary Clinton.' So if it's OK to tell who she voted for in the primary, why not the general election? Everybody knows she voted for Obama. She ought to just say it," said Rove.
Watch Cameron's report above and Rove's analysis below.