Mike Pence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Vice President Mike Pence says Kentucky's Republican governor has the full and total endorsement of President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in 2019.

Pence spoke at a campaign event for Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday in Lexington. Pence praised Bevin for what he called his pro-business policies that have "taken the reins off" so that "Kentucky is running again."

Pence noted Bevin has eliminated lots of state regulations that have made it easier for businesses to operate. He lauded Bevin for leading Kentucky toward record per-pupil spending in the classroom, but did not mention that Bevin vetoed the state budget in 2018 that made that possible.

Bevin called Pence a "good personal friend" and said he has been an inspiration to him.

Voters in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi will elect governors this year, giving Democrats a chance to test their message in the heart of Trump country ahead of the 2020 election. Louisiana has a Democrat running for a second term, while Mississippi's race is open because of term limits, making Kentucky's Matt Bevin the only Republican incumbent governor on the ballot in 2019.

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