Beshear Campaign Begins Airing New Ad

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear, the son of a small-town Baptist preacher, talks about faith in his latest television ad, his second of the general election campaign.

"My faith teaches a responsibility to God and family," Beshear says, standing in front of the western Kentucky church he attended in his youth. "I see Kentucky as one big family."

In the ad, which began airing on Thursday across the state, Beshear promises to pass laws to provide health care to all Kentucky children and a prescription drug plan for senior citizens. He also says if he is elected, he will invest in Kentucky businesses.

In his first ad, which began airing last week, Beshear talked about the need to clean up state government. His words were reminiscent of those used four years ago by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who won handily by making that his chief campaign promise only to have his administration marred by a special grand jury probe into political patronage.

The Fletcher campaign has aired two ads so far. In both, Fletcher says he is opposed to opening casinos in Kentucky - a proposal that Beshear raised in the primary election.

Fletcher is trying to make casino gambling a key issue in the race. He has taken a strong stand against expanding gambling beyond Kentucky's horse racing tracks. Beshear has said he favors a proposal for a referendum to allow voters to decide whether to change the state Constitution to allow casinos.

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