Gov. Bevin, Beshear clash on several issues at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear clashed on education and health care policies during a forum before Kentucky's most influential agricultural group.

Sister station WKYT reports this is the second time in the campaign that Bevin and Beshear have been on stage together.

Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville, Beshear said Wednesday that a push to bring charter schools to Kentucky will hurt public education. Beshear says charter schools will divert resources away from public schools.

Bevin fired back that it is "nonsense" to claim that competition in education will be bad for Kentucky communities.

Beshear, the state's attorney general, also criticized Bevin's efforts to impose new work requirements rules for some low-income people on Medicaid, saying it will hurt rural hospitals.

Bevin continued to stress the need to fix the state's pension problems.

The two rivals in the November election also stressed their support for rural communities. Bevin said he already made agriculture a priority, but Beshear said it could be done better.

When the candidates made their closing remarks, Bevin addressed Beshear directly.

"You blow a lot of smoke, you make a lot of promises, you file a lot of lawsuits, you fight this administration and you fight this state for political reasons," said Bevin.

"What I've heard often from the governor is that you should choose the person you would want to leave in charge of your company. Would you want it to be someone who attacks, bullies and demeans your employees?" Beshear fired back.

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