Jane Beshear hints about internal poll, makes case for Democratic ticket while on trail for governor

09/21/2011 08:31 AM

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear told Democrats this week that the latest internal poll showed her husband up by more than 27 points — but added that supporters need to keep working to elect Democrats down the ballot.

Jane Beshear, speaking Monday night at the opening of the campaign’s Bowling Green headquarters, said the previous week’s internal tracking poll showed Gov. Steve Beshear leading Republican candidate David Williams by 27 points. Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith also is running in the race.

Watch this clip to find out what she said about the latest internal poll that came back Monday:

Jane Beshear has been more visible than her husband on campaign trail lately. The governor has mostly been traveling to official events, such as ribbon cuttings and economic development announcements.

The first lady told Pure Politics her husband’s re-election strategy is to concentrate on governing.

Jane Beshear also urged Democrats to support the entire ticket, specifically mentioning the race for attorney general.

She alluded to problems an attorney general from the opposite party could pose for an administration. Former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher discovered that when the former Democratic attorney general, Greg Stumbo, led an investigation into the Fletcher administration’s hiring practices that ultimately ended Fletcher’s chances of re-election.

Beshear also stopped herself from criticizing her husband’s opponents.

When it comes to her husband’s platform for the next four years, Jane Beshear said education will be the key issue — specifically early childhood education. And she said the better trained Kentucky’s workforce, the more businesses and jobs will come to the state.

- Video and reporting from Bowlng Green by Chris Bratton

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