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Casino gambling becomes focus of Bevin, Beshear debates

Posted at 7:22 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 17:26:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The countdown to election day is on in Kentucky and the governor's seat is up for grabs.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his Democratic challenger, current Attorney General Andy Beshear, are set to debate Monday at 8 p.m. in Lexington. The debate will air on KET.

While the candidates are expected to discuss a wide range of topics including health care, pension costs and public education, they are likely to talk about casino gambling.

Bevin and Beshear take opposing stances on legalizing casino betting.

Beshear said: "You go right across the river to where we are right now … there's a casino and you walk through the parking lot and virtually every license plates is from a Kentuckian … and they are spending their entertainment dollars there and Indiana is taking a cut … to pay for its roads … to possibly put toward its pensions, to provide healthcare for folks … to fund public education."

Meanwhile, Bevin said: "The reality is that is one of the cruelest, regressive thing you could do to this state … trying to force something that we clearly don't want, what our legislature doesn't want … that we haven't wanted in years. And this $550 million dollar figure simply isn't true."

On Sunday more fuel was added to their ongoing disagreement when Beshear produced a recording of a radio interview from the summer. In it, Bevin claims suicides occur on a nightly basis in casinos.