Gov. Beshear says his reelection in Kentucky shows Democrats can overcome political divisions

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Gov. Beshear says his reelection in Kentucky shows Democrats can overcome political divisions


November 8, 2023

Fresh off his emphatic victory in Republican-leaning Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Democrats can overcome deep divisions in America by trying to lead with compassion and improve the lives of the people who elected them.

After a bitter campaign against the Republican state

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Daniel Cameron, the governor, emphasized a message of working on behalf of the voters who put them in power. Beshear said in his victory speech Tuesday night that his reelection sent a clear message that anger politics must end.

In his first sit-down interview since winning a second term, the Democrat spoke at length about how to defuse such tactics, citing his own campaign as an example.

You look at all the different things they’ve done in this campaign, from trying to demonize groups of people to so many different attacks, trying to find a bogeyman, Beshear told the Associated Press.

The best counterpart, he said, is “to show leadership in a different way, a way that puts love above hate, a way that doesn’t judge for fear of being judged, that seeks to lead with compassion and recognizes that this is not a game. These are human lives.

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Beshear, who avoided discussing national politics during the campaign, ignored questions about the Democratic president


Biden and said he was confident Biden will be the party’s nominee in 2024.

“I’m pretty sure this is going to be a rematch of the past,” Beshear said, referring to the 2020 contest, when Biden defeated the then-president.



The governor dodged a question about Trump and did not hold him directly responsible for the state of the country’s politics, but spread the blame everywhere.

I think what we’ve seen has gone on for far too long, and even before President Trump ran for office, people were running elections to win at all costs,” Beshear said. We should not organize an election that divides the American people. You should hold elections. That brings them together. Because the elections themselves are not the end result. It should be the beginning. It should be about service, about improving the lives of our families, our commonwealth and our country.

Beshear mocked the political climate in Washington, saying people in the nation’s capital are obsessed with the number of Rs versus Ds in a given room.

‘It’s about what you can do for the people.


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