02/21/2014 05:30 pm ET Updated Feb 21, 2014

Steve Beshear: Alison Lundergan Grimes Better Off Without Obama

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), is better off without President Barack Obama on the campaign trail.

According to Politico, Beshear said former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be "very helpful" to Grimes in Kentucky, and said Vice President Joe Biden "has a pretty good standing with Kentuckians."

“[Residents] know [Biden] from some of his prior races as well as the work he’s done in the United States Senate," Beshear said. "I think that Vice President Biden would be a positive force.”

But when it was suggested that Obama may hurt Grimes' campaign, Beshear had to agree.

"That might be right," he said.

Former President Clinton will try to give Grimes a boost next week when he attends a Tuesday fundraiser for her campaign. The Hill reports Jonathan Hurst, Lundergan Grimes’ senior adviser, said he has made the race “a top priority."