Daniel Cameron tries to energize growing GOP base in challenging Democratic incumbent in Kentucky

Looking to energize his party’s growing base, Republican Daniel Cameron picked apart Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s record Tuesday in Kentucky’s hotly contested gubernatorial campaign.

Cameron took aim at the incumbent’s veto of transgender bills and handling of the pandemic while linking Beshear to the nation’s top Democrat in the White House.

Campaigning in the heart of Republican territory, Cameron made a direct appeal to teachers, vowing to support an education system that stresses basics. He’s attempting to reclaim ground his party lost with teachers — whose voting clout helped vault Beshear into the governor’s office four years ago. Beshear says he has pursued an education-first agenda and is vowing to push for big pay raises for teachers and other public school personnel if he wins a second term.

Beshear and Cameron, one-time law firm colleagues, are making closing arguments to voters ahead of Election Day next Tuesday. Starting this Thursday, polling places open for three days of early voting in one of the nation’s most closely watched off-year elections.

Cameron, the state’s Attorney General, spent most of his speech ripping into the incumbent’s record as he tries to persuade Kentuckians to make a change at the top of state government.

“I think the scariest thing would be giving Andy Beshear four more years in office,” Cameron said in his Halloween speech to a midday crowd at a warehouse in London, Kentucky.

Cameron criticized the Governor for vetoing a pair of transgender bills, trying to keep the heat on the Governor on a social issue that conservatives across the country have emphasized.

Beshear vetoed a sweeping transgender bill this year that banned gender-affirming care for young transgender people. Last year, he vetoed a measure prohibiting transgender girls and women from participating in school sports matching their gender identity. Both vetoes were overridden by the Republican-dominated legislature.

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