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Alison Lundergan Grimes won't say whether she voted for Obama, invokes the secret ballot

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Kentucky against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, had a tough time with a question during an editorial board meeting with the Louisville Courier-Journal — and Republicans are quickly pouncing on it.

"Did you vote for President Obama, in 2008 and 2012?" a member of the board asked.

"You know, this election isn't about the president," Grimes responded. "It's about making sure we put Kentuckians back to work."

"Did you vote for him?" the board member asked again.

"I was actually in '08 a delegate for Hillary Clinton. And I think that Kentuckians know I'm a Clinton Democrat through and through. I respect the sanctity of the ballot box, and I know that the members of this editorial board do as well."

The board member responded: "So you're not going to answer?"

"Again, I don't think that the president is on the ballot as much as Mitch McConnell might want him to be," Grimes reiterated. "It's my name, and it's going to be me who's holding him accountable for the failed decisions and votes that he has made against the people of Kentucky."

Watch the video below. --Eric Kleefeld