msnbc | February 07, 2013
>> is home.
>> kentucky .
>> someone who knows what's good for us.
>> obama care has done so much for us right here in tennessee.
>> someone who shares our values.
>> i -- delightfully radical.
>> judd's publicist said that ashley thanks senator mcconnell , karl rove , and their negative allies for all the attention. she considers her future political plans. although, a decision has not been made yet. joining me now is james carol, washington reporter for the louisville courier journal and more on this clearly conservatives see ashley judd as a legitimate threat to mitch mcconnell . what do you hear about the likelihood she could throw her hat in the ring?
>> it's the number one conversation in kentucky and the political world here in washington . more than who might win the kentucky derby , i guess. we're all just waiting. we saw ashley judd a couple of weeks ago at the kentucky bluegrass ball, and she kind of tantalized us slightly by saying the people of kentucky need a fighter. i've got generations, ten generations, in the kentucky hills, and some of them were fighters, so i was among the skeptics and thought i don't really think she was going to run, but now i'm kind of leaning that maybe she will run.
>> with political candidates like that, it's hard to think she won't. kentucky has been solidly red for decades now. james , giving it eight electoral votes to mitt romney back in november. we saw judd stand up at the democratic convention and nominate president obama , but she appeared in campaign ads , she touted obama care. could a majority of kentuckians really back her political policy substances, or do you think that it's just star power that will get her the most attention?
>> well, i think that's what she's trying to weigh. that's what a lot of democrats in kentucky are trying to weigh. you know, at the moment it's really amazing when you think that this ad from american crossroads came out so early. we're talking about a campaign that's a year away at least before he even starts to come up on the radar. it's worth noting that the american crossroads president is a former campaign manager and former chief of staff to mitch mcconnell , so this was obviously a shot across the bow , a preemptive streak, if you will. some democrats think she would be formidable because she has star power and charisma. she would have access to an enormous amount of money. kentucky , though, is culturally and politically a conservative state. that's on the other side of the ledger. she has -- very first thing she has to do is move to kentucky . she lives in tennessee.
>> well, not too far away . she could get back there pretty quickly. it's interesting, mcconnell 's camp can look at it either way that they feel confident about their position or that they potentially fear someone like ashley judd .
>> the courier journal did a poll very recently that showed that only 17% of the people we surveyed said they would vote for mcconnell . 34% would say they would definitely not vote for mcconnell , and 44% were saying they're waiting to see who is going to run against him.
>> james carol, washington reporter for the louisville courier journal . thank you. i appreciate it.
>> thank you for having me.