Beshear’s first ad touts his Baptist heritage. Bevin says Baptists should be insulted. | Lexington Herald Leader

kentucky | 8/7/2019 | Staff
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Beshear’s first ad touts his Baptist heritage. Bevin says Baptists should be insulted.

Gov. Matt Bevin continued his crusade to focus the 2019 gubernatorial election on the issue of abortion rights Wednesday, releasing a video that accused Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for governor, of insulting people of Baptist faith.

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The video was in response to Beshear’s first television ad of the general election, which featured Beshear talking about how his grandfather and great-grandfather were Baptist preachers and how their faith guided his principles.

“I think it’s insulting to the Baptist tradition, I think it’s insulting to the people of Baptist faith to try and couch what his grandfather and great grandfather did as sort of covering for his pro-abortion stance,” Bevin said in the video.

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Bevin’s campaign has been almost singularly focused on abortion rights since Beshear attended a campaign fundraiser in Louisville last week that was co-sponsored by the owner of Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic.

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The focus on abortion rights — the ever-constant, most controversial issue in Kentucky politics — underscores Bevin’s pitch to Kentuckians as he seeks a second-term: voters might not like him — polling has showed he is the least popular governor in the nation — but they like his policy positions better than Beshear’s.

In his video, he made an appeal to pastors, asking them to weigh in “on the issue of life” and declare which side they are on.

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“There is no middle ground here, this is not a time to hold your powder dry and wait and see what someone else is doing,” Bevin said. “This is a time to stand up and be counted for, because if we can’t stand up for human life, the dignity of human life, that was given to us not...
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