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.)


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