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RAW VIDEO | Gov. Matt Bevin sits down with WDRB to talk about the new Republican majority

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time since the 1920s, Republicans will control the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Gov. Matt Bevin stopped by WDRB on Wednesday and sat down with Lindsay Allen to talk about the transition of power.

Below is the full transcript of Gov. Bevin's interview, which you can also watch the video player above:

Q: What was your reaction to Donald Trump's win Tuesday night?

"I truly am not surprised, and I don't say that now with the clarity of hindsight. I've been saying that in every interview ... I've thought for along time that polling has been broken and ineffective in this country, as it relates to politics. It was in my race. I think our race was nothing more than a microcosm of what we saw last night on a larger scale. And it was th exact same dynamic. It does not capture the people that are fed up, the people that are tired of the career, fake, plastic politicians. And I think that's who came out last night. It was that rejection that turned out the vote that allowed him to win. Especially, when you look at Kentucky ... we were a canary in the coal mine, no pun intended, in that we are a blend of the South and the Midwest all rolled up in a way that really doesn't exist anywhere else. And what our race showed is exactly what happened last night in the middle of America." 

Q: Republicans have control in House and the Senate, and you're in the governor's mansion. Can you be specific on what kind of legislative agenda we will see in 2017. What do you hope to do with the majority?

"First of all, it's going to be driven by what the people want. What I've encouraged every one of the newly elected legislators to do is go back and talk to your people, the people who just voted for you. What do they want done? What are the two, three, five things they want done? As they then get together in the next days and weeks ahead, they will compare all their two, three, fives, we'll find the common two, three, fives, and those will be the first things we focus on. But, I'm already telling you, I know what some of them are going to be based on having traveled around the state for the last two years. People want jobs. They want economic opportunity. They want to cut the red tape. They want to make it easier to do business here. They want Right to Work legislation in the vast majority of this state. They want tax reform in the state, which means tax simplification and overall effective lower tax rates. These are the things that they want. And yet, we can't compromise our need for revenue in a state that's financially strapped. They want the pension reformed and shored up and made whole. These are some of the things they want. They want tort reform. They don't want us to be a playground for trial lawyers. These are some of the things that will be on the top of the agenda, I'm confident. But we'll let the legislators dictate that process."

Q: You said this morning that you believe the Republican majority will help you finally see a re-configured University of Louisville Board of Trustees, even though this is something that's been tied up in court these last few months. How? 

"Essentially, when I made the decision that I did, what the judge has decided is that I didn't have the ability to do that with the legislature out of session. I'll just make the same decision, the legislature will approve that, and it will be done."

Q: There's been a lot of talk of unity since the polls closed. What's your message to all Kentuckians as we move past this election?

"It is a new day. And we have more Democrats than Republicans, we do. And I think it's important for us to understand, our state motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall," has never been truer than now, not only in Kentucky but in America. My obligation as governor is to govern for all and to hear the voices of all, including the minority. And those that who are now in the minority that have been in the majority since 1920 are people who's voices are still important. We need to hear them. They will have a seat at the table, and I look forward to, collectively, together, finding ways to make sure Kentucky shines like a beacon in America."

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