Kentucky gubernatorial candidates square off at forum

Governor Matt Bevin (R) and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) attended a gubernatorial candidate forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau on July 17. The two discussed agricultural issues, the state budget, public pensions, and taxes during the hour-long forum.
Bevin told the audience that the 2019 election has national implications, saying he was actively working to support President Donald Trump’s (R) agenda and citing Beshear’s support of Hillary Clinton (D) in 2016. Beshear, meanwhile, questioned Bevin’s temperament and told the crowd Bevin would “attack, bully, and demean your employees.”
Beshear, Bevin, and John Hicks (L) are running in the gubernatorial election on November 5. Heading into the election, Kentucky is a Republican trifecta. If Bevin wins, Republicans will maintain their trifecta control of the state, while a Beshear or Hicks victory would result in neither party having trifecta control.
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