Beshear dismisses political backlash of Obama visit; Edelen, Conway not planning to attend

03/31/2015 09:33 PM

With President Barack Obama making his first presidential visit to Kentucky since 2011, Democrats on the ballot in 2015 are seeking geographical distance when Air Force One touches down.

As Obama wraps up his second term in office, politicians seeking to make their own mark on the Kentucky political landscape find themselves with busy schedules this week.

Democratic Auditor Adam Edelen, who is running for a second term in office, said Tuesday that he has plans to be in eastern Kentucky when Obama visits Louisville on Thursday.

Obama will speak at Indatus, a communications and software development company, to discuss the economy, according to the White House.

Democrats have bore the brunt of Obama’s unpopularity in the state as GOP candidates in recent years have sought to run against the incumbent president who polls poorly in the state.

Attorney General Jack Conway, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, told reporters this week he too had official business in the eastern portion of the state later this week.

Still, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is term limited in his position, said he planned to meet with Obama during his trip to the state and dismissed the political ramifications of Obama’s visit.

“Look, I’m happy anytime the president of the United States comes to Kentucky, particularly if he’s coming to talk about the economy or jobs, because that has been my top priority for the last seven and a half years,” Beshear said.

Obama and former President Bill Clinton have heaped praise on Beshear for his implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky.


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