Conway outlines themes of 2015 governor's race; calls Grimes' decision to run for Senate 'courageous'

07/09/2013 09:46 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway is still considering a 2015 run for governor and said Tuesday that the expected competitive race for U.S. Senate next year won’t overshadow or delay the governor’s race.

Before speaking to the Winchester Rotary Club, Conway told Pure Politics that while he’s still not making a “definitive statement,” he’s sticking to his line that “there’s a good chance I’ll run” for the state’s highest office when Gov. Steve Beshear finishes his second and final term.

Conway said the most important factor for him is whether he can build an administration to tackle some of Kentucky’s toughest problems, which he outlined.

“You talk to people about the type of administration you’d want to build,” he said. “And for me, the governor’s race is not so much about who’s running or who their running mate is, it’s about: Can you have an effective administration?”

Here’s what he said:

Conway, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2010, described the decision by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to try to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as “courageous.”

He said Grimes needs to study up on issues she hasn’t had to deal with directly as a state official, such as “Social Security, to Medicare, to the immigration reform debate that’s currently front-and-center on Capitol Hill.” And he predicted why she “will be successful in this campaign.”

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