Governor Bevin: Andy Beshear 'accepting blood money' to fund campaign

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FRANKFORT, KY. (WYMT) - Governor Matt Bevin held a news conference Thursday morning to talk about his campaign.

Without missing a beat, Bevin began by criticizing Andy Beshear for accepting 'blood money' from an abortion provider.

"This is a state where we value the sanctity of human life," Bevin said. "It is the job of the attorney general to defend those laws."

A sign next to the governor displayed information about a fundraising event Beshear held Wednesday, co-hosted by Dr. Ernest Marshall and his wife. Marshall works at the only abortion clinic operation left in Kentucky.

"This is a guy who profits off the blood of children in this state," Bevin said. "They are using money that they have earned from killing Kentuckians to fund a guy whose job it is to defend the laws of this state, but refuses to do so."

Bevin added that Beshear is the "most liberal" candidate that ever ran for governor.

Eric Hyers, the manager of the Beshear-Coleman campaign, said this after the news conference:

"Yesterday, we learned that the Bevin administration failed to secure a bond that would have guaranteed the Blackjewel miners were paid. This morning Matt Bevin is lashing out and desperately trying to distract from his own incompetence. His press stunt this morning was unhinged and erratic. Coupled with his comments on suicides yesterday, his behavior demonstrates that he is not fit to be the governor of Kentucky. Reasonable and good people can disagree on choice—his outlandish language is dangerous and unacceptable."

Bevin and Beshear will share a stage Saturday afternoon at the annual Fancy Farm picnic.