4:49 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and Kentucky's secretary of state, is turning heads with her confusing answer to a question about the military conflict between Israel and the Hamas-led government in Gaza. Asked by the Lexington Herald-Leader about American support for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile-defense system, Grimes had this to say:
Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself...But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.
As the Washington Free Beacon has pointed out, Grimes's statement shows a complete misunderstanding of the Iron Dome by conflating the issue of the missile-defense system with that of Palestinians in Gaza constructing underground tunnels in order to subvert the Israeli-backed blockade and bring in weapons from outside the territory.
It isn't the first time in the campaign that Grimes, who is hoping to unseat Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, has demonstrated a lack of understanding about some issues she may find herself dealing with in the U.S. Senate. In August 2013, as the Syrian civil war raged and the United States began considering military action in that country, Grimes was asked what should be done about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on its own people. The Democrat gave a vague, rambling answer in which she said she was "monitoring" Secretary of State John Kerry's position on Syria.
“Well, I’ll tell you, we have a lot of problems to take care of right here in Kentucky’s own backyard and that’s where my priority and focus has been," Grimes said to reporters on August 27. "But we also have to be cognizant of the impact that we have across the nation. But my priority is making sure we’re tackling the problems here at home, while making sure that the efforts we get involved with abroad, that we are not needlessly taking thousands of Kentuckians who have the privilege and honor to get to know and get to meet in the Middle East and involving them in conflicts that are open-ended. Thoughts and prayers go out to those, not just in Syria, but in Egypt as well and mindful and watchful of Secretary Kerry’s efforts to involve the United States.”
More recently, Grimes struggled to answer questions about the border crisis and whether she supported the president's emergency funding proposal. She criticized McConnell for voting against the Gang of 8 immigration bill, but was asked four times about the specific funding supplement without giving an answer, saying finally that she would "continue to monitor" the proposal. Watch the video below:
The race between Grimes and McConnell, who is running for a sixth term in the Senate, is currently a toss-up, and the last few polls have shown McConnell with a slight lead.
11:49 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Lamar Alexander, the two-term Republican senator from Tennessee, is in a strong position to win reelection this November. But only if he can get through his August 7 primary.
10:25 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has a new ad targeting what the Republican calls the Democrats' "pro-amnesty policies." The 30-second spot, among the first in the 2014 cycle to address the illegal immigration crisis on the border, features the former Massachusetts senator juxtaposing the security lines at airports and public events with the lack of security at the Mexican border.
"We have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it's time for us to secure the border once and for all," Brown says. Watch the ad below:
But Iowa Dem missed three-quarters of committee hearings.1:52 PM, Jul 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democratic congressman running for U.S. Senate, touted his work on behalf of veterans at his state party's 2012 convention. "I fight for veterans every day on the Veterans' Affairs committee," he said. Watch the video below:
Will Tennessee’s longtime incumbent go down?Aug 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One name is ubiquitous at a July 22 rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr, and it isn’t Joe Carr’s. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee senator Carr hopes to defeat in the August 7 primary, practically greets you the moment you turn into the parking lot at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel. Signs and posters line the driveway and the hallway into the ballroom, reading in big letters: “Beat Lamar.” The phrase also adorns stickers, buttons, even the name-tags for those of us in the press covering the event.
12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:20 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the odds of a GOP takeover of the Senate.
3:31 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rep. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, missed three quarters of committee hearings concerning oversight of the Veterans Affairs administration in 2011 and 2012, including one, the Des Moines Register reports, on the same day Braley attended three fundraisers.
Will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.10:30 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
9:50 AM, Jul 21, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
Can Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble CEO tapped by President Obama to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, turn things around at the famously troubled department?
But the Louisiana Democrat supported similar changes to federal programs.3:14 PM, Jul 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Mary Landrieu campaign is out with a new hit against the Louisiana Democrat's Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy. The 30-second ad focuses on Cassidy's support for policies that supposedly hurt senior citizens. Watch the video below:
"It was Congressman Bill Cassidy who voted to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut Social Security benefits for retirees, and raise Medicare costs by $6,000," says the voiceover.
3:14 PM, Jul 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Joni Ernst, the Republican Senate candidate from Iowa, is getting a boost from GOP super PAC American Crossroads. A new TV ad from the group contrasts Ernst's background as "a mother and a soldier" with that of her opponent, Democratic congressman Bruce Braley.
"Bruce Braley, trial lawyer and Washington politician, supports Obamacare and caught putting down Chuck Grassley to an out-of-state crowd," says the voiceover. Included in a clip of Braley criticizing Grassley, the Iowa Republican, as a "farmer who never went to law school."