Challengers bash Gov. Steve Beshear on economy

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Associated Press

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is facing sharp criticism on economic policies from two challengers in the final televised debate of the general election campaign.

Republican David Williams said Kentucky is worse off than it was four years ago, and he placed the blame on Beshear, who took office in late 2007. Independent Gatewood Galbraith blamed partisan fighting between Democrats and Republicans for holding the state back.

The faceoff, being broadcast live on the public television station KET, is only the second of the general election season.

Beshear has refused to share a stage with his opponents.

Seeking re-election to a second term, Beshear is leading in recent media polls by as much as 30 percentage points and has raised $10 million for his campaign, five times more than Williams.

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