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Friday, December 9, 2016

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new TV ad on Monday, distancing herself from President Barack Obama and mocking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in one fell swoop.

In the 30-second ad, Grimes explains her differences with President Obama while skeet shooting in an open field.

“I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal, and the EPA,” Grimes says in the ad.

“And Mitch,” she adds as a photo of McConnell gripping a rifle at CPAC appears on screen, “That’s not how you hold a gun.”

The ad makes Grimes the latest in a long string of candidates to pitch herself to voters while firing a gun. Even the White House has released photos of President Obama shooting clay targets (he appears somewhat less comfortable with a rifle than Grimes, although he’s at least holding it right side up).

It’s also the latest in a series of attempts by Grimes to distance herself from the president. In addition to their policy differences, Obama’s dismal approval rating in Kentucky — a recent CNN/ORC International poll found it at just 29 percent — makes him a serious liability to Bluegrass State Democrats.

Kentucky’s Senate race remains close, although the latest polls show McConnell gaining strength. He leads Grimes by 5.2 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

Screenshot: Alison for Kentucky/YouTube

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