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Grimes Refuses to Say if She’ll Campaign with Obama

Another Democratic Senate candidate isn’t eager to have President Obama join her on the campaign trail. Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes wouldn’t say if she wanted him to stump with him.

“I speak for myself, and don’t need any other surrogate to do that,” Grimes told MSNBC. “I stand in sharp contrast to the president and many of his ideas and platforms.”

Despite Grimes’s denial that she doesn’t need “any other surrogate” to bolster her campaign, she will be joined by Bill Clinton in Louisville on Tuesday. With Clinton’s good standing in the state versus President Obama’s unpopularity, the state’s Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, couldn’t help but agree with Grimes’s reasoning.

But one local political observer said her constant evasion is revealing her weakness as a candidate.

“She hasn’t proven she’s ready for primetime,” said Al Cross of the University of Kentucky’s Institute of Rural Journalism. “Grimes really hasn’t taken many issue positions — she’s almost painfully cautious.”

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