Bevin, Beshear trade verbal jabs at Fancy Farm picnic

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The rivals will square off at Thursday’s event in Paducah, where they’ll take questions from a media panel.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Matt Bevin stressed his anti-abortion credentials while his Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, portrayed the Republican incumbent as dividing Kentuckians as the rivals faced off at Kentucky’s premier political event.

In a matchup anticipated for years, Beshear and Bevin shared the stage Saturday at the Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. Boisterous partisans from both sides cheered their candidate and tried to rattle the opponent.

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The stakes were high as a statewide television audience watched the showdown in what’s shaping up as a tight race.

Bevin continued to attack Beshear on abortion – a key social issue. While Bevin adamantly opposes abortion, Beshear supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Beshear portrayed Bevin as dividing Kentucky with his attacks against public education groups that oppose his policies.

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