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Gubernatorial candidates court Big Blue Nation on KY Sports Radio

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a battle for the hearts and minds of Big Blue Nation.

The candidates for governor appeared on the state's most popular sports show to compete for votes. It's an audience that normally tunes in to hear all about Big Blue Sports, but on this occasion, it was a bruising game of political football.

For just the second time, all the players were there.

"I'm the only guy on this stage who did not vote for Barack Obama twice," said Republican Matt Bevin in his opening statement.

"I understand this commonwealth, I've delivered for this commonwealth, and I have a plan for this commonwealth," said Democrat Jack Conway.

"Only one of us has the word 'independent' by their name on this ballot. The other two are dependent," said Independent candidate Drew Curtis.

Host Matt Jones is known for asking out-of-the-box questions, such as whom each supports right now for President.

"So as of today, it would be Donald Trump," said Curtis.

Conway would not name names.

"I intend to vote for the Democratic nominee. I just don't know who that is yet."

"So you won't give me an answer?" asked Jones.

"No, I'm not going to give you an answer on that," responded Conway.

Bevin raised eyebrows when he picked Ben Carson over Sen. Rand Paul, who is campaigning for him this weekend.

"He's been very gracious to me, and vice-versa, when he ran. But in terms of who I would select right for the next President, he would not be the first choice that I would make," said Bevin.

Jones also pressed them on a range of familiar issues, including Bevin's refusal to release his tax returns.

"Do you believe that you should not have to do what every gubernatorial candidate has done since at least World War II, except one?" asked Jones.

"Number one, I don't think you've done your homework well enough," said Bevin.

"Can you name others who didn't? If you're going to tell me I didn't do my homework, can you name others who didn't?" responded Jones.

"There were others," said Bevin, but he did not offer any names.

Jones raised Conway's decision not to defend the state law banning same-sex marriage.

"There are lot of people who have said, you should have done your job and whether you agreed with the law or not, you job was to enforce the laws of Kentucky. How do you respond to that?"

"I did my job," said Conway. "I defended the law at the trial court."

Jones asked about Curtis' lack of experience.

"Do you think you can lead a legislature to fix these problems?" asked Jones.

"Absolutely, and I mentioned this earlier, I can be the one who takes the blame for the uncomfortable decisions," said Curtis.

They all agreed on one thing, the importance of Big Blue nation to victory.

"You really don't get that many chances to reach a general public that isn't politically minded," said Curtis.

"The people that listen to this are the independents and swing voters who are going to focus late in this election," noted Conway.

"This is a wide audience. These are people who vote. They are people who care," said Bevin.

Of course Jones himself is considering a run for Congress. He says he's still undecided.

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