Rand Paul will headline Matt Bevin rally; Bevin says he is supporting Ben Carson in GOP presidential primary

09/30/2015 12:19 PM

Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will be headlining a “rally to resist” rally for GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, but it’s Bevin who is resisting Paul in the presidential race.

On Wednesday, in response to a question, Bevin told Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones that he initially would vote for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the Republican presidential primary.

Walker, Bevin said, is an executive who “split the divide between conservatives and the establishment crowd.” The Wisconsin governor announced his decision to exit the presidential race last week.

In the current GOP primary field, Bevin said he would vote for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and not Paul who is helping Bevin in his race.

“I like Ben Carson,” Bevin said on KSR.

When asked why Bevin was backing Carson and not Paul, Bevin said it was about party unity.

“At this point I’m looking at people who I think would have the best chance at uniting all the pieces,” Bevin said. “I think the world of Rand. He’s a friend of mine. He’s been very gracious to me and vice versa when he ran, but in terms of who I would select to be the next president he would not be the first choice I make.”

Video courtesy of WKYT-TV

After the debate Bevin tweeted saying he was not endorsing Carson and he never has endorsed in a race.

Democratic candidate Jack Conway was quick to jab at Bevin saying the statement would “make for a testy campaign event this weekend.”

The joint Bevin-Paul appearance on Saturday at Kentucky State University in Frankfort is billed as an illustration by Paul on how a Republican agenda can help Kentuckians resist President Barack Obama’s overbearing, job-killing and anti-coal regulations, according to a press release.

This is the second time during the campaign that Bevin has refused to back Paul in the presidential contest.

Conway refused to answer the question “out of respect” for the former Attorney General of Delaware, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in May. Conway said he would back the Democratic nominee.

Vice President Joe Biden, the father of Beau, is considering a run for president.

Bevin jumped in telling Jones to “get used” to not getting an answer from Conway.

Independent candidate Drew Curtis said he would vote for Donald Trump in the presidential contest.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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