Chandler says Obama was 'too heavy for us' in rural counties; isn't ready to discuss his future

11/07/2012 12:40 AM

Ben Chandler said Republicans effectively linked him to the president who is unpopular in Kentucky, which ultimately was enough to unseat him.

“I thought it was a little bit of a miracle, frankly, that we prevailed two years ago,” he said. “We did think that we were going to be able to do it again, but we weren’t able to. The difference, I think, was that the president was on the ticket.”

He said losing Montgomery County clued him in that “the effect of the presidential race was too much to overcome.”

Chandler said he wasn’t ready to talk about his political future.

Here’s what he told reporters after conceding Tuesday night:

Chandler, speaking at Buster’s in downtown Lexington, pledged to help Andy Barr have a smooth transition.

“As you can imagine, this is a very disappointing evening for us,” Chandler said. “I’m afraid the president was just a little too heavy for us in some of the rural counties.”

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  • waybert17 wrote on November 08, 2012 04:58 AM :

    Chandler is blaming Obama…just like Obama blames Bush! Chandler lost because of Chandler, and not because of President Obama. If you vote and support bad legislation, like cutting $716-billion from Medicare, then you are not going to win elections….or, one may add, be successful in seeking other political offices. Go home, Ben, get a real job in the real world (not a political job) and find out how the rest of Kentuckians are actually living and surviving under Obama.

  • Jeanie Embry wrote on November 09, 2012 10:02 AM :

    Why on earth could anyone advocate for taking health care away from thousands of people in KY?? How asinine that KY Dems could allow this issue of healthcare beat us so badly in elections. Since 1 in 3 people who enter hospital are harmed, why would anyone want to keep allowing hospitals to continue this practice? Why would anyone think it’s okay to allow insurance companies to keep most of the premiums we pay to go toward lobbying against our interests, buying politicians, and marketing?? Why would anyone want to allow insurance companies to continue to cap coverage leaving those with catastrophic health problems be left to file bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills? Why wouldn’t anyone want to prevent fraud and abuses in Medicare system that we all pay in to?? Seriously??!? ‘Obamacare’ FIXES these problems…’Obamacare’ is a GOOD thing for KYians! Here’s the link to Kaiser Health site which depicts the Affordable Care Act timelines:
    I’d like to know exactly what people so vehemently hate about ‘Obamacare’??!?
    Kill jobs, HOW exactly??? So it’s okay for businesses to not provide health insurance for employees and kick the can to taxpayers to provide it.. all the while these same businesses take taxpayer-provided incentives & subsidies for their businesses??!? What’s wrong with that picture?? KY has some of the sickest people in the country and KYians don’t like health care reform so they can get access to health care??!? Doesn’t make sense.

  • Jeanie Embry wrote on November 09, 2012 10:05 AM :

    Oh, and btw..cutting $716-billion from Medicare.. LIE, LIE, LIE.. this has been fact-checked over and over and over again. This $716 billion lie comes from redirecting funds from the private insurance arm of Medicare.. private funds which DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT go toward actual health care. Why are KYians so bent on protecting the insurance industry rather than demanding our tax dollars go toward actual care??!?

  • waybert17 wrote on November 10, 2012 01:04 PM :

    Health Insurance is running at around $6,000 dollars a year, or you can pay the Obama tax fine (for not having insurance) for $2,000 dollars a year. Which do you think the uninsured are going to choose? Many, apparently, like Jeanie Embry thinks their health insurance is going to be free, and, yes, when you do take $716-billion out of Medicare you impact the program in a negative way. Interesting, too, that Big Insurance and Big Government are so in bed together on this issue (driving smaller insurance companies—which have lower rates) out of the market. This also occurred with the stimulus money that Big Government gave to Big Banks…but not to smaller banks, not to mention the legislation that allowed Big Banks to grow bigger, but made it that much harder for smaller banks to operate. When the Federal government is supporting Big Business (picking and choosing which Big Business to support), while destroying small business with its laws…then you do have socialism, much like the socialism of Nazi Germany when this government was supporting Big Business over the interests of small business men and women. Let those who have eyes see the truth, because a bad situation that was created by the Democratic-controlled Congress of 2007-2008 has only gotten worse with the policies of President Obama.

  • waybert17 wrote on November 11, 2012 05:37 PM :

    A new study, by the way, by Kaiser, that claims 59% of Medicare beneficiaries — or about 25 million seniors — would pay more for Medicare under a premium support reform plan (like that proposed by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan) was exposed as having serious flaws.

    Foremost among the flaws is the assumption that seniors cannot make rational decisions regarding their own health care.

    The study assumes seniors will continue to pay more for Medicare despite the existence of lower cost and higher quality options.

    90% of seniors already take advantage of some health care choices in the Medicare program.

    Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, is a leading example of how premium support has lowered costs (40% lower than the estimates when the program was originated) along with keeping premiums at reasonable levels (without a major hike in the last three years.)

    Finally, the Kaiser study does not take into account the effects of Obama’s medicare policies.

    As part of Obama’s $716 billion Medicare cut over the next decade, 4 million seniors will lose Medicare Advantage and 15% of hospitals and medical providers will stop taking Medicare patients. There is no way of knowing how much more this will cost those seniors who stay in traditional Medicare.

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