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Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear reflects on his eight years in office

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear sat down with reporters Tuesday afternoon to talk about his eight years in office.

Thanking the people of Kentucky, Beshear called his time as governor, "the most challenging and rewarding of times." The most challenging time, he said, was the 2009 ice storm that toppled trees and left many Kentuckians without power.

As for accomplishments, Beshear touted government's expanded role on health care, as well as infrastructure improvements -- particularly the progress made on the Ohio River Bridges.

Beshear also acknowledged the victory of Governor-Elect Matt Bevin over Democratic challenger Attorney General Jack Conway -- but added that he believes Bevin won because people are not "paying attention" to the issues. He said Bevin's characterization of himself as a political outsider also made him more appealing to Kentucky voters.

As for Bevin's stated intention to eliminate Kynect, the state health exchange, Beshear said he hoped Bevin will "look at the facts" before pulling the plug on the exchange, as well as on the Medicaid expansion.

Stay with WDRB News. We'll have more on Beshear's statements during our 4 p.m. newscast.

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