Steve Beshear says this campaign is his last and will serve full term if re-elected

10/28/2011 06:49 AM

The Nov. 8 election will be the last time Steve Beshear will be on a ballot, the governor said on Pure Politics.

Beshear, a Democrat, put to rest any notion that he might run for another office, including seeking a rematch with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. McConnell beat Beshear by double-digits in 1996.

“No,” Beshear said flatly when asked whether he would consider another campaign. (2:20 in the video). “This is it for me. I love my wife, and I want to stay married to her. I don’t think she’d appreciate it if I did any more.”

Beshear also said he plans to serve out a full four-year term if re-elected, “the good Lord willing,” he added.

And, as for the 2012 election, Beshear said he’s backing his fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama for a second term. (3:00 of the video).

“I’m for him for re-election,” he said. “I’ve disagreed with him and continue to when I think he’s wrong. And I’ll agree with him when he’s right. But when I look at the other side right now, they all are kind of a circus.”

Beshear, in this segment, also addresses a question about allegations that members of his administration improperly solicited campaign donations for the governor’s campaign from non-merit state employees, as well as questions about Kentucky’s infrastructure.

(Programming note: Pure Politics on Friday will feature segments with the governor discussing the public employee pension system, as well as his working relationship with Republican state Senate President David Williams.)

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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