LEXINGTON, KY--In last night's KET debate between Allison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell, Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the U. S. Senate in Kentucky, refused to reveal who she would vote for in the Senate race. Asked whether she would vote for herself, Grimes responded, "This is a matter of principle. Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy of the ballot box, for a secret ballot."
Grimes said revealing whether she would vote for herself would undermine this right: "I am not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky in order to curry favor with myself. I’ll protect that right for every Kentuckian."
“Again," said Grimes, "you have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has the right for privacy at the ballot box.” McConnell revealed that he had voted for himself repeatedly in every election in which he had run and would continue to proudly support himself in the future.
Grimes, who agreed before the debate to answer questions on her own behalf, said that the Senate candidate who she may or may not vote for was in favor of coal. She also said that she (referring to herself) was also in favor of Obamacare on most days, and that "tonight, I feel pretty good about it, sort of."
McConnell accused Grimes of being given "four Pinocchios" for false statements she had made about him in campaign ads. Grimes responded that she only remembers receiving two but that the others may have been sent to the candidate herself.
It was unclear whether, if elected, Grimes would agree with her own votes and whether she would even reveal to herself how she would vote until she actually did.