Chuck Todd Doesn’t Like Being Featured In McConnell Ad: It’s ‘Cheap’

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October 14, 2014 4:32 p.m.
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Chuck Todd is the star of Mitch McConnell’s latest attack ad, but the “Meet the Press” moderator doesn’t exactly relish the spotlight.

“I don’t take back my analysis,” Todd told the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone in an email on Tuesday. “But no journalist likes to be used in a TV ad. It is cheap and likely useless. And McConnell has hidden himself from questions for months. This is a highly cynical campaign we are witnessing in Kentucky. Very uninspiring debate.”

The analysis Todd referred to came after McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to say whether she voted for President Obama in the 2012 election.

Todd said Grimes had “disqualified herself” for that stumble.

During Tuesday night’s debate, Grimes once again took a pass on the question.

“This is a matter of principle. Our constitution grants here in Kentucky the constitutional right for privacy of the ballot box, for a secret ballot. You have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right,” she said.

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