Former Gov. Beshear endorses Hillary Clinton in presidential primary

05/10/2016 10:54 AM

UPDATED: As Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton continues campaigning in Kentucky on Tuesday, former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear announced his support for her campaign.

Clinton is trying to clench Kentucky’s 61 Democratic delegates in the May 17 primary, as her Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has also been campaigning in the commonwealth.

On Tuesday, Beshear endorsed Clinton’s campaign calling for a calm, sensible leader for the American people.

“In this time of division and derision, we need a calm, sensible and experienced hand leading this nation. Hillary Clinton is that leader, and I enthusiastically endorse her to be President of these United States,” Beshear said in a press release. “Having worked aggressively and in a collaborative fashion as Kentucky’s Governor to improve life for our people, I know that she is committed to the same key issues – partnering with others to create jobs and expand access to affordable health care.

“As first lady, Hillary led the charge to pass health care reform so that all families would have access to the care they need,” Beshear continued. “When that effort was defeated, she didn’t quit, she kept fighting. She reached across the aisle to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers more than 8 million children and cut the uninsured rate among children in half nationwide.

Beshear, who has been critical of current Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s decisions on healthcare in the state, said Kentuckians need an “ally in the White House who understands the importance of fighting for health care.”

“That’s why I’m with her: Hillary will stand up with us against efforts to pull the rug out from under our families, and she’ll never give up,” Beshear said. “Hillary respects the dignity of all people, she has a proven record of building consensus and she stood strong for America’s interests in pivotal moments. She will make a great President.”

Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson responded to the endorsement, saying Clinton and Beshear have a lot in common.

“It comes as no surprise that Steve Beshear would endorse Hillary Clinton,” Watson said in a press release. “Between their embrace of Obamacare, support for job-killing coal regulations and the fact that scandal now engulfs their previous administrations, they have a lot in common.“

Currently Clinton leads Sanders in delegates with 2,228 including 523 superdelegates, while Sanders has 1,454 delegates including 39 superdelegates.

To clinch the Democratic nomination there are 2,383 delegates needed.


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