Gov. Bevin and Beshear make multiple campaign stops in the mountains

Published: Nov. 2, 2019 at 4:20 PM EDT
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Governor candidates traveled through the mountains Saturday morning.

"It just warms my heart to see so many people show up on a cold Saturday morning," said Senator Phillip Wheeler.

Senator Wheeler along with many other Eastern Kentuckians greeted Governor Matt Bevin in Paintsville.

"I have poured into this community from the time I got elected," said Governor Bevin.

Earlier that morning, former Governor Paul Patton, and around 100 people had breakfast with Attorney General Andy Beshear and his team.

This stop was part of the 40th Annual Carl D. Perkins Memorial Breakfast.

"This is a good place to be. These are democrats that are enthusiastic, and I think they are looking for a win Tuesday," said Patton.

Both candidates talked about hot topics including public schools, health care, and job creation.

"I love education and educators enough to never lie to people in order to get things done politically. We're going to continue the fight to save pensions," explained Governor Bevin.

However, opponent Beshear did not agree with the Governor's statement.

"He's trying to tear down our system of public education by defunding it through private for-profit charter schools. We can not let that happen," said Beshear.

Governor Bevin said the job creation numbers while he has been in office are record-breaking.

"We have 57,000 new jobs in Kentucky. An all-time record for any four-year administration. We have more Kentuckians working than ever in the history of Kentucky," said the Governor.

Beshear told WYMT he feels that Eastern Kentucky is often left out.

"This governor talks about prosperity but 82% of jobs he's claimed he's created have been in two cities. That leaves Eastern and Western Kentucky out. I'm going to be a governor that fights for jobs right here," explained Beshear.

Officials pointed out a republican governor has never been re-elected for a second term in the state of Kentucky. Against those odds, the Governor said he will still stand confident.

"I'll tell you, we're going to win and I'll tell you why. I don't want to just win, though. I want to win with an overwhelming mandate and I want to do so because I want to bring the entire slate along," said Gov. Bevin.

Earlier this year, Rocky Adkins won this region against Beshear. Robert Goforth surpassed Governor Bevin in the polls.

Although the candidates may not see eye-to-eye on many topics, there is one thing they can both agree on.

"All they are fighting for is a better tomorrow for their families," said Beshear.

"They're saying give us a shot, give us the opportunity," said Gov. Bevin.

Both agreed, Eastern Kentucky people are strong-willed and can overcome the odds.

The election is Tuesday, November 5th.

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