LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Less than 24 hours after Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell claimed victory in their primary elections, the race to November has begun with new commercials airing today.
Most people expected McConnell and Grimes to win their respective primaries. In fact, the two have had their sights set on each other since last year. Last night, the matchup finally became official.
"She's a partisan's partisan whose been practicing party politics since she learned to talk. I mean, let's be honest. Anybody who learned politics at the school of Jerry Lundergan will not be a model of bipartisanship,"
"After 30 years it is Mitch McConnell at the center of the gridlock, obstruction, and extreme partisanship that we see. Kentucky is tired of a senator who probably calls himself 'the doctor of no', 'the guardian of gridlock',"
McConnell has told his supporters that Grimes would be a political puppet for others in Washington.
"My opponent is in this race because Barack Obama and Harry Reid want her to be in this race,"
Grimes said McConnell has lost touch with Kentuckians and will try to buy re-election.
"With deceitful, untruthful, negative, nasty ads that will try to distort and distract from his failed record. He wants this campaign to be about anything but his record,"
And new campaign ads will hit the air today. There's a 60-second ad from the Grimes campaign and a 30-second anti-Grimes ad from a political action committee.
Wednesday morning, McConnell sent a letter to Grimes inviting her to do three debates with him in the months leading up to the general election in November. He proposed the debates would be Lincoln-Douglas style with no audiences and no props or notes for the candidates. Wednesday afternoon, her campaign spokesperson said they were ready to discuss details. Her campaign spokesperson said she spent the day meeting with people in Beattyville.