LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrats Andy Beshear and Adam Edelen staked out their abortion-rights credentials, while Rocky Adkins expressed his support for efforts to restrict abortion as the Kentucky gubernatorial candidates reached out to voters in a televised debate.
The candidates fielded questions on issues including teacher sickouts, pension reform and the Medicaid expansion in the Tuesday night debate coming just three weeks before the state's May 21 primary election.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the state's GOP-dominated legislature have pushed a series of bills to restrict abortion.
Edelen depicted the abortion measures as "an experiment by the radical right," and said Kentucky has become "ground zero" in the fight for abortion rights. Beshear said he is "pro-choice" and supports the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Adkins described himself as "pro-life."
Those from the Republic Party commented on the debate from afar.
“It is telling that the three Democrat candidates had nothing to say about the historic economic growth and opportunity Republican leadership has brought to our state,” Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Sarah Van Wallaghen said. “Adam Edelen, Andy Beshear and Rocky Adkins all want to double down on support for the failed policies of Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Kentuckians deserve to keep moving forward with the momentum Republican leadership has brought to our state – including historic economic growth like the lowest jobless rate in nearly 20 years, record-breaking private-sector investment and more.”