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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.

A Fletcher ad that began airing on Tuesday features a former
Illinois bank vice president who was sentenced to prison in 2003
after pleading guilty to embezzling $241,300 to feed a gambling
addiction.


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