What does Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, think the United States should do in Syria? No one knows -- and asking her only makes things more confusing.
A reporter asked Grimes, “What should the U.S. response to Syria be with the use of chemical weapons on their citizens?”
“Well first and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands of women, children, innocent civilians that have suffered at the hands of this regime right now. I had the chance to visit with many of our men and women in uniform that are in the Middle East last year and before we get involved in an open-ended conflict I do think it’s important, as Secretary Kerry pointed out this morning, that we consult with our military leaders as to how best we can help in that region. The last thing that I would want to do is to get Kentuckians involved in an open-ended conflict with no exit strategy. So I’m monitoring Secretary Kerry’s, what his position has been. His meetings that he’s having right now with our military leaders and hopeful that we can have a positive resolution, especially for the innocent civilians that are suffering right now,” Grimes said, pretending to respond.
The reporter tries again. “So just to follow up, what do you see the overall role of the United States and their war powers being? Should we be the world police?”
And again Grimes is incomprehensible. “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. 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,” she said.
One observer of the race calls Grimes's answers "a rambling mess."