Attorney General Andy Beshear gives glimpse into Gov. Steve Beshear's response to Trump

02/24/2017 04:03 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, expects his father will focus on the Commonwealth when he delivers the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

“If you’ve ever watched my dad, former Gov. Steve Beshear, you know he takes every opportunity to shine the brightest and best light on Kentucky,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News. “Places in the world that have never heard of our great state are going to hear about it and see it on Tuesday night — that’s good for all of us.”

Under Gov. Beshear Kentucky uninsured rate dropped dramatically from 20 percent to 7.5 percent, under the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. The move drew praise from President Barack Obama who singled out Beshear in his State of the Union address in January of 2014.

This year, Democrats are hoping to hold the line of the Affordable Care Act as Republicans in Congress focus on finding a path forward to repeal and replace the federal health care law, also known as Obamacare.

General Beshear said his father’s speech would be about the “type of Kentucky values that I was raised with and he was raised with by his father, Baptist preacher in far western Kentucky.”

“That is we have a moral obligation to take care of each other, and part of that is making sure that everyone has access to affordable health care,” Beshear said, adding that he too believes every person should be able to see a doctor when they need to.

Delivering a rebuttal can cast national attention on a politician, but Beshear was quick to shrug off a potential return to politics from his father.

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I think he’s out there because he exemplifies the values that we as Kentuckians and as Americans are so supportive of. He’s been a governor of a state that you have to be able to talk to and relate to all different types of folks.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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