Kentucky Gov. Bevin, Democratic candidate Beshear face off during gubernatorial debate


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WEHT) – Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Democratic candidate Andy Beshear faced off on WKYT in Lexington for their second debate.

They talked about several topics, including education, legalization of marijuana and healthcare.

Both candidates were asked about the state’s roll in abortion.

“Well, I support Roe versus Wade, but I also support the reasonable restrictions it allows, especially on late term procedures. But this governor is an extremist. He supports a total ban even for victims of rape and incest, something the President doesn’t support nor does his Attorney General Candidate support. I work every day as Attorney General with victims of human trafficking. Those that have been harmed and violated multiple times a day for years before we rescue them. I believe that those people deserve options. This governor would leave them none.”

“You know who else needs an option? Those people that can’t speak for themselves. The roll of government is to protect the weak against the strong, the minority against the majority, the voiceless against those that have the pulpit. And it is the responsibility of government to defend the defenseless and that includes the unborn. I’m unapologetically pro-life. Unapologetically supportive of the unborn.”

They were also asked about healthcare.

“I’m going to rescind that Medicare waiver that’s going to keep those hospitals open to make sure that you don’t have to drive two hours or two and a half hours just to see a doctor. Everybody should be able to get the healthcare coverage they need in their hometowns, and that rural hospital is really important.”

“It’s easy to say that healthcare his a right, but the reality is it’s one that costs money and then that someone is forced to pay for. You cannot force someone to be a doctor. The whole point on having health coverage and access is to produce a better health outcome.”

They’ve agreed to five debates. The next one is on October 26th in Louisville.


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(This story was originally published on October 15, 2019)

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