Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday joined the Nuns on the Bus, a group traveling the country trying to register voters and rally support for raising the minimum wage.
While the group says it is nonpartisan, Grimes delivered a biting critique of her opponent, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the downtown Lexington event, continuing her line of attack that McConnell was trying to buy the November election with help from "millionaires and billionaires."
Grimes hailed the efforts of the nuns, adding that she would "take them any day over the Koch brothers."
"Kentuckians are saying over and over again this election won't be bought, we're not up for sale, and 33 days from now we will make history," Grimes said.
After the event, Grimes told reporters she was "excited with the energy and excitement that continues to grow."
Speaking to reporters, Grimes, who is Kentucky's secretary of state, continued to put distance between herself and President Barack Obama, refusing three times to say whether she voted for Obama in 2012.
When asked whether she was concerned about McCon nell's ads that claim "Obama needs Grimes," she said that "Kentuckians know that I'm an independent thinker that stands for putting the people of Kentucky, instead of the partisan politics, first.
"I think Kentuckians have seen my record as one that's been putting them first," Grimes said.
With 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appearing at a fundraiser for McConnell in Lexington on Thursday night, Grimes said it was "ironic" that McConnell "would welcome a man here in Kentucky who thinks 47 percent of the population doesn't matter." She was referring to a comment Romney made in 2012 in which he dismissed the 47 percent of the population that he said received government aid.
But when The Boston Globe asked Grimes whether she regretted being a convention delegate for Obama, she demurred. "My record speaks for itself," Grimes said. "I'm a Clinton Democrat through and through."