Politics & Government

Campaign Q&A: U.S. Senate, House candidates give Obama a grade

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and President Barack Obama
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and President Barack Obama

Each Tuesday in October leading up to the Nov. 4 election, the Herald-Leader will ask the candidates for U.S. Senate and the 6th Congressional District to take a stand on issues important to Kentucky voters.

Question: What letter grade — A to F — would you give to the overall job performance of President Barack Obama?

U.S. SENATE

Alison Lundergan Grimes

C. The President and I disagree on coal, guns, the EPA and other policies. However, he gave orders to kill Osama bin Laden and took effective steps to save the auto industry.

Mitch McConnell

F. The Obama Administration has been a disaster for the nation and for Kentucky. Too much borrowing, too much spending, too much taxing, job-killing regulations, Obamacare and the war on coal have all done an enormous amount of damage.

David Patterson

I give President Obama an F. I give almost everyone in U.S. Congress, with few exceptions, an F. Our country is less free, economically and socially, than it was eight years ago. Our elected “representatives” are not representative.

6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Andy Barr

The president is simply not getting the job done for the American people. His policies are holding back the economy, and our foreign policy is a disaster. Rather than lead with real solutions, his administration is abusing power and sowing division in the country.

Elisabeth Jensen

I would give the president a B minus. He has done many good things, but we disagree on EPA regulation of carbon emissions. I was very disappointed with the breakdown in Veterans Administration services, and he has postponed needed actions for political expediency.

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