No campaigning, no problems? Voters, pundits weigh in on Gov. Beshear's strategy

09/22/2011 07:58 AM

To ask his opponents, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear shows a lack of leadership by not meeting them at every forum, debate, corner store and sidewalk this election cycle.

But to voters, it’s not so cut and dry.

Of course, retail politicking has always been a part of politics, especially gubernatorial races, in Kentucky. But Beshear, who is running for re-election, has been limiting his public appearances and has only agreed to two more debates until the Nov. 8 election.

With a nearly 30-point lead in the polls, the safe political strategy is to keep some distance from his opponents.

Beshear has been making official appearances across the state, such as economic announcements and ribbon cuttings. But the extent of his campaign work has been limited largely to fundraising of late.

Beshear said last month he expected the campaign to heat up after Labor Day.

So Pure Politics caught up with a few voters, including Democrat Deborah Stallworth, who was upset with Beshear for not appearing at a candidate forum in Louisville on Sept. 11. (In the video, the voters interviewed are Stallworth; Republican voter Becky Letcher; and Democratic voter Debbie Walt, followed by University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton).

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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