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Senate Candidates Reluctant To Answer Questions On Obama Vote, Climate Change

Politicians can expect questions they are hesitant to answer – and Kentucky's Senate candidates found themselves in that position this week.

Members of the media have been pressing Grimes on one question in particular in recent days: Did she vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012?

During an interview with the Courier Journal editorial board she declined to answer, saying, "You know, this election isn't about the president. It's about making sure we put Kentuckians back to work."

Republicans have made tying Grimes to Obama a key part of their campaign strategy, while Grimes has worked to distance herself from the president, who is deeply unpopular in the state.

Meanwhile, McConnell is facing questions about climate change and whether or not he believes global warming is real. Speaking to reporters Friday, the Republican leader said, "Whether or not this set of scientists or that set of scientists are correct is irrelevant."

The senator has said his position is irrelevant because he believes, even if the president’s new carbon emission standards are implemented, the overall global effect will be negligible.

Pressed for his personal opinion on the science, McConnell responded that he's not a scientist. "She isn't either," he added, referring to his Democratic opponent.

Both candidates are likely to face more scrutiny come Monday when the two will engage in their one and only debate before the election.  

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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