Matt Bevin, the tea party challenger in the Kentucky Senate race, said that he’s the best candidate to face Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election because Grimes’s candidacy, per Bevin, is really based on the fact that she’s a woman.
Bevin, running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) for the GOP nomination, was trying to argue that Grimes is more vulnerable against him in the general election than against McConnell.
“She runs on four things,” Bevin said in comments at a campaign stop this week that were first reported by ThinkProgress on Tuesday. “She runs on some variation of: she’s young, she’s new, is a woman, and she’s not Mitch McConnell. That’s essentially what she’s got, in some form or fashion.”
The comments come just a few weeks ahead of the Kentucky primary, as McConnell increasingly looks like he’ll safely win the Republican nomination and stave off a primary challenge.
Bevin went on to say that he really cancels out any serious advantages Grimes has as a candidate.
Here are Bevin’s full remarks:
She runs on four things. She runs on some variation of: she’s young, she’s new, is a woman, and she’s not Mitch McConnell. That’s essentially what she’s got, in some form or fashion. And all those are true enough, and all of those, while they’re not substantive, they’re good enough to beat Mitch McConnell. […] The reality is I negate her only competitive advantages. She’s then forced to run against me by talking about issues, by talking about vision, by talking about life experience. And she really has none of the above on any of those fronts. She’s a nice enough person, I’ve met her on several occasions on the campaign trail, seems nice enough, but completely devoid of what it takes for us.
Bevin also reportedly said that Grimes has been insulting by expecting women to vote for her only because she’s a woman.
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