Skeet-Shooting Grimes Tells McConnell ‘That’s Not How You Hold A Gun’

In a new TV ad slated for a six-figure statewide buy, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) he doesn’t know how to hold a gun.

The 30-second ad features the Democratic Senate nominee skeet shooting in an open field and pushing back on the Republican minority leader’s efforts to associate her with President Barack Obama.

“Mitch McConnell wants you to think I’m Barack Obama,” she says. “… I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA.”

“And Mitch,” she adds, displaying a photo of McConnell holding a gun upside down while posing before the NRA convention, “that’s not how you hold a gun.”

The ad suggests that McConnell’s push to label Grimes “Obama’s Kentucky candidate” has stung. The spot serves two purposes for the Democrat: it distances herself from the president, who is unpopular in Kentucky, and it taps into the Bluegrass State’s strong gun culture.

A Grimes campaign spokesperson said it plans to run the ad statewide with a six-figure budget.

The commercial continues a bipartisan tradition of candidates literally shooting things in campaign ads.

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