McConnell, Grimes campaigns release competing TV ads

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have released competing TV ads, coming three weeks before Kentucky voters decide one of the nation's hardest-fought campaigns.

Grimes' ad features former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, a Democratic icon in Kentucky. McConnell's commercial focuses on fallout from Grimes' refusal to answer whether she voted for President Barack Obama.

Ford says Grimes would work with Democrats and Republicans if elected to the Senate. Ford refers to McConnell — his one-time colleague — as "Mr. No" because he's "been against everything." Ford has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

McConnell's ad highlights media criticism at Grimes for staying mum on whether she voted for Obama. The five-term Republican senator's campaign constantly tries to connect Grimes with Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.

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