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Pundits analyze best and worst moments of U.S. Senate debate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Their much-anticipated debate is history, now it's time to debate winners and losers in the face-off between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and his challenger, Democratic Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Most pundits agree neither Grimes nor McConnell committed any major mistakes, but there were moments.

"My takeaway was that we actually learned very little last night," said Republican WDRB.com opinion columnist John David Dyche.

"There wasn't a winner or loser in the debate," said Democratic consultant Bob Gunnell.

Gunnell and Dyche agree, there were no surprises, but both candidates had their good and bad moments.

"I thought his best moment was probably correcting the '4 Pinnochios' statement about his personal wealth," said Dyche, recalling McConnell challenging Grimes' statement that he was profiting from his public service at the expense of Kentuckians.

"Let me tell you, her family's made more money off the government in the last ten years than I've been paid in a salary in all my time in the Senate," said McConnell Monday night.

Grimes best moment, says Gunnell, was her hammering McConnell on jobs.

"For better jobs, for job growth, and that 30 years was long enough to try and accomplish that," he said.

"Sen. McConnell fails to see he has a role in all of the jobs that have been lost here in the state. They've happened on your watch, Senator," Grimes said during the debate.

As for the worst moments, Dyche says McConnell's came during his answer on global warming. But Gunnell has a different view.

"His fumbling of the answer for job creation," he said.

"Too much government can frequently be a deterrent to opportunity, and that's something we have to watch and protect against," McConnell said in response to a question about a senator's role in job creation.

On the other hand, both Dyche and Gunnell agree on Grimes' worst moment.

"Grimes, of course, doubled down on the refusal to say that she voted for Pres. Obama," said Dyche.

"This is a matter of principle," said Grimes. "Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, for a secret ballot."

Regardless of the good and bad moments, both campaign managers claimed victory.

McConnell's campaign manager Josh Holmes said the senator, "Clearly demonstrated once again why he is the strongest person to create jobs."

"The Grimes campaign clearly won," said her campaign manager Jonathan Hurst. "Alison showed a very strong performance."

There was some bad news for Grimes on Tuesday, when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stopped running TV ads for her campaign.

In a statement, the committee says it has spent more than $2 million in Kentucky and is still funding get-out-the-vote operations.

The committee says it will continue to monitor the race, but it has made no commitment to go back on the air in support of Grimes, who has been pummeled by tens of millions of dollars in attack ads by McConnell and his allies.

The Democratic committee continues to spend heavily in other competitive races in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia and elsewhere as it tries to prevent Republicans from winning a Senate majority.

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