Joined by dozens of anti-abortion activists and Kentucky pastors Friday at the Governor's Mansion, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin pummeled Democratic challenger Andy Beshear on supporting a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.
"If we cannot stand for life, what is the role of government but to protect the weak against the strong, the voiceless against those with a powerful voice," Bevin said.
The Bevin campaign event also featured Treasurer Allison Ball and attorney general candidate Daniel Cameron, who, like Bevin, have been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group's president, introduced each candidate and said the Bluegrass State's fall election is a bellwether for other states. She said her members, who were clad in blue T-shirts proclaiming, "I vote pro-life," think this is the most important election since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion.
"The contrast between Gov. Bevin and his opponent, Andy Beshear, is honestly a gift in politics," she said. "It's also a sign of a tragedy in Kentucky. The only way Andy Beshear can win is if people don't know what his position is."
Bevin however has a much bigger problem, and that is Donald Trump's impeachment.
The White House is planning an 11th-hour push to stave off an embarrassing defeat for the Republican governor of Kentucky, with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence expected to make separate trips to the state in the runup to the Nov. 5 election.
Trump is expected to travel to the state to stump for Gov. Matt Bevin the day before Election Day, according to two people familiar with the planning for the event. Pence, meanwhile, is slated to appear in the state on Nov. 1. Final details for the rallies are still being worked out.
White House spokespersons did not respond to a request for comment.
Bevin is likely to make Trump a central part of his closing argument, and Trump has made last-minute trips to heavily Republican areas a staple of his campaign arsenal for GOP allies. Bevin has portrayed himself as a staunch White House ally and has aired TV ads which prominently feature the president. Trump won Kentucky by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016.
The offensive comes amid Republican concerns over Bevin’s standing. Bevin has consistently ranked as one of the least popular governors in the country, and he faces a formidable Democratic opponent in state Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of a popular former governor.
Donald Trump hasn't made Bevin any more popular. He's one of the least-liked governors in America, and as of July he was dead last in the country.
Now imagine where Trump is going to be three weeks from now, given the flood of impeachment testimony and bad news. Trump wants to be the man to "save" Bevin and take credit for his win, but there's a really good chance Trump may not be in a position to help Bevin one bit.