Congressman Yarmuth talks campaign, Trump

09/14/2018 10:19 AM

LOUISVILLE- Before heading to the nation’s capitol, Congressman John Yarmuth stopped by the Spectrum News studio to discuss several things.

With the elections less than two months away, he says he feels confident in his campaign against Vickie Yates Glisson.

“After 12 years in office, and having done what we call more than 5,000 different encounters in the district, in Louisville, the people know me,” he said. “They know that I’m accessible, the know what makes me tick, they know that I will stand up for what I believe and am ready and am genuine in what I say.”

Glisson attacked Yarmuth last week for what she said was hypocrisy for taking campaign contributions from corporate political action committees. When asked, Yarmuth says this claim is false.

“There were certain categories of companies I said I would not take money from. One of them was healthcare companies, because I knew I was going to have to vote on some very important healthcare legislation,” he said. “The claim she made is not true, there are certain businesses I said I would not take money from and still don’t.”

Yarmuth also spoke about Medicaid. The state’s Medicaid program is facing a $300 million shortfall. The governor has suggested getting rid of the Medicaid expansion program as a way to bridge the gap in funding—something Yarmuth is against. Instead, Yarmuth believes the proposal put forth by Balanced Health Kentucky is worth looking into.

“The problem is not insurmountable as a matter of fact, it’s very easy to take care of. It’s just a question of whether you have a government in Frankfort and an administration that wants to do it.” he said.

Yarmuth has thrown around the idea that some of President Trump’s actions are impeachable-although he says the House should not proceed with an impeachment process.

“I don’t believe we should proceed in the House with an impeachment process. I say that because it is not a legal process. It is a political process.” he said. “In order for an impeachment to be creditable it has to have bipartisan support and right now there is no chance for bipartisan support.”

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at



  • Heza Putz wrote on September 14, 2018 11:25 AM :

    Oh for God’s sake. Yarmuth makes millions from his brother’s Almost Family health care business which makes 80 per cent of its revenue from Medicare. He has also received a lot of money from Kindred.

  • Dee W. wrote on September 15, 2018 11:35 AM :

    10 years was too long for one person to be in office back when Yarmuth ran for the seat, but now 12 isn’t enough for him.

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