Gov. Beshear says a double-digit win would be a mandate; But for what?

10/26/2011 06:26 PM

Winning re-election by double-digits on Nov. 8 would signal a mandate, said Gov. Steve Beshear. But Beshear remained coy about what reforms he specifically would push using such a mandate.

Beshear said people have traditionally said winning 55-45 “is a landslide.”

“Clearly, that would qualify,” he said. Beshear and his running mate Jerry Abramson have a 28-point lead in last week’s cn|2 Poll over the Republican ticket of David Williams and Richie Farmer and independents Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley.

“I think if we win big that the message to my opponent and everybody else in the legislature — is that it’s time to sit down and start working together on issues,” Beshear said Wednesday in his first in-studio interview at Pure Politics of the fall campaign.

The extended interview covered many of those issues specifically with the governor. Pure Politics will be airing and posting online those segments in the coming days.

In the first eight-minute segment, Beshear responded to the critique of some Kentuckians, including his former Democratic opponent Bruce Lunsford, that the governor hasn’t articulated a specific vision for what he would do in a second term (5:30 of the video).

“We’ve got a real good vision, and I think most people understand what that vision is because if you look at the polls it looks like they like what we’re saying,” Beshear said.

“We’re going to get our people back to work, whether that is with the current incentive programs we’ve got or if we’ve got to develop more. We’ll look at what other states are doing that’s even better than what we’re doing right now,” Beshear said.

Beshear said he does want to push to expand state support of early childhood education — as he first proposed in his 2007 campaign. But doing so will depend on Kentucky’s budget situation.

“I’d like to see three-year-olds in Kentucky who can’t afford to go into the private sector and have early childhood education to get it out of our public sector,” Beshear said.

But … “so much over the next four years depends on our budget situation,” he said.

(Note: The second part of the interview with Gov. Beshear will go online later Thursday morning, and more segments of the extended interview will air on Pure Politics and go online over the next several days).


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