Hillary Clinton plans to hit the campaign trail this week in Kentucky, where she will campaign for the Democratic challenger to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
Clinton will join Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, the Democrat’s campaign announced in a release.
The trip comes a week after Grimes was ridiculed by the left and right for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008. Obama is deeply unpopular in the Bluegrass State.
“I respect the sanctity of the ballot box,” Grimes said, after the Louisville Courier-Journal asked her the question four times.
Grimes, whose family has known the Clintons for years, often replies to questions about Obama by saying she’s a “Clinton Democrat.” Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Grimes already this year.
The event is also notable because it comes as Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for president in 2016, is just starting to ramp up her efforts this month to help her party keep control of the Senate.
“Alison Grimes’ entire campaign is designed to distract voters with shiny objects and celebrity appearances to conceal her inexperience and deceive voters from her true beliefs in the Obama agenda,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said.
With less than a month until Election Day, most polls show McConnell leading Grimes. The Real Clear Politics polling average has McConnell up by 3 points.