Super-PAC ties Lundergan Grimes to Obama as she works to distance herself

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership is putting $270,000 behind the ad, which charges Grimes will "do whatever Obama wants."

"ObamaCare, the war on coal, big spending, higher taxes — that's Obama's platform, and Alison Lundergan Grimes supports it," a narrator says.

It also features a clip of her speaking to a local political commentator, in which she's asked whether she supports the Democratic Party platform. She answers: "I do, Jim."

In one of her first public appearances since announcing her run for Senate earlier this month, Lundergan Grimes sought to distance herself from President Obama's policies.

"I disagree with the president and his philosophies in terms of coal. I stand by the 15,000 men and women who are employed here in the state of Kentucky," she said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

She also criticized the healthcare reform law, saying that there are "many things" wrong with it, "but instead of trying to repeal it nearly 40 times, wasting our taxpayer's money, we should be talking about solutions."

But in a statement accompanying the ad, Scott Jennings, a senior adviser to KSL, accused Lundergan Grimes of speaking "out of both sides of her mouth."

"Grimes has adopted the John Kerry philosophy of being for Obama's policies before she was against them. There's only one thing worse than being a liberal in a race like this, and that’s being a liberal who speaks out of both sides of her mouth. Kentucky voters are too smart for that," he said.

Democrats consider Kentucky one of their top pickup opportunities in a map that's giving them more cause for defense than chances for offense, as they believe McConnell is vulnerable, due to polling showing him to be unpopular in the state.

They got their top remaining recruit in Lundergan Grimes, but she's faced criticism from Republicans for what they say was a botched rollout, and she's largely stayed out of the public eye since.

She brushed off criticism of the way she made her announcement, saying on Thursday that she believes she'll win next November.

"I am excited about the campaign that we are building," Grimes said. "I do believe we will cross that finish line successfully. It's not how you start, it's how finish."

And she also took the opportunity to knock McConnell, asking, at a time when his leadership in Washington has come under question by some critics, "What has Sen. McConnell done at the front of the bench for Kentucky for 28 years?"