Is Kentucky’s gubernatorial election a referendum for Trump?


GOOD FOR YOU, LAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED. CONNELL: ALL RIGHT, STUART. STUART: LET’S GO TO KENTUCKY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING THERE LATER ON TODAY TO ENDORSE THE GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY, MATT BEVIN, WHO FACES A RE-ELECTION CHALLENGE TOMORROW. THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF JOINS US RIGHT NOW. YOUR HONOR, GOVERNOR, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>STUART, GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. LET ME JUST SIMPLY SAY YOU MENTIONED THERE WERE THREE KEY STATES TO THE PRESIDENT’S ELECTION. I WOULD SUBMIT THERE WAS A FOURTH. KENTUCKY WAS THE VERY FIRST STATE EVER CALLED FOR HIM, AS PRESIDENT. WE ARE CERTAINLY PROUD OF THAT. STUART: YOU GOT AN UPHILL STRUGGLE TOMORROW BECAUSE YOU ARE RUNNING NECK AND NECK WITH YOUR OPPONENT HERE. YOU ARE BANKING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING, BECAUSE IT’S AT 56% IN KENTUCKY, THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE BANKING ON.>>WELL, I WOULD BEG TO DIFFER JUST A BIT. I’M CERTAINLY GRATEFUL HE’S COMING AND HE WILL BE A HUGE HELP BECAUSE HE’S LOVED AND RESPECTED HERE. BUT I WOULD REMIND PEOPLE THAT FOUR YEARS AGO, EVEN THOUGH EVERY POLL SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO LOSE BY 5% OR MORE, I WON BY MORE THAN 9%, WINNING 106 OUT OF 120 COUNTIES BEFORE THIS PRESIDENT WAS THE PRESIDENT. I’M ONLY THE FOURTH REPUBLICAN IN 100 YEARS, THOUGH, SO IT’S NOT TYPICAL THAT WE ELECT REPUBLICANS TO THE GOVERNOR’S SEAT AND IN FACT, WE HAVE NEVER HAD IN OUR HISTORY A REPUBLICAN FOLLOW A REPUBLICAN EVER IN THE HISTORY OF KENTUCKY. NO ONE HAS WON RE-ELECTION AND NO REPUBLICAN HAS EVER FOLLOWED A REPUBLICAN. SO IT’S ALWAYS AN EPIC BATTLE AT THE GOVERNOR’S RACE. STUART: THE RACE THAT YOU’RE IN IS BEING PORTRAYED AS ALMOST A REFERENDUM NOT ON LOCAL ISSUES, NOT ON YOU, BUT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT?>>I THINK THERE’S AN ELEMENT OF TRUTH TO THAT, BUT OF COURSE, LOCAL ISSUES MATTER. PEOPLE VOTE THEIR INTERESTS FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE. THEY VOTE THEIR WALLET, AS THAT EARLIER PIECE WAS TALKING ABOUT. THE ECONOMY MATTERS TO PEOPLE. THERE’S NO QUESTION AT ALL, NATIONAL ISSUES ARE A BIG PART OF IT AS WELL. STUART: IS THE ECONOMY OF KENTUCKY DOING VERY WELL?>>BETTER THAN EVER. WE HAVE SET EVERY RECORD AND AGAIN, THIS IS A BUSINESS SHOW. YOU UNDERSTAND THINGS LIKE NOT JUST LOW UNEMPLOYMENT BUT WORK FORCE PARTICIPATION, HIGHEST IT’S EVER BEEN. PER CAPITA INCOME, THE HIGHEST IT’S EVER BEEN. NOT A SINGLE STATE THAT BORDERS US, AND THERE ARE SEVEN, HAS HAD A HIGHER PER CAPITA INCOME INCREASE IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS THAN HAS KENTUCKY. RECORD LEVELS OF REVENUE. WE HAVE CUT OUR INCOME TAXES AND CORPORATE TAXES BY 17% IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, YET STILL HAVE RECORD LEVEL, $22 BILLION IN PRIVATE CAPITAL INVESTED IN THIS STATE. EXPORTS MORE THAN $111 BILLION IN THE LAST THREE YEARS ALONE. EVERY SINGLE METRIC IS AT AN ALL-TIME RECORD. STUART: GOVERNOR, YOU WILL BE ON THE STAGE TONIGHT WITH THE

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