Bevin backed pro-Confederate flag candidate in 2004

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin's choice for president in 2004 was a third-party candidate who defended the Confederate flag and was supported by a racist group.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Bevin told National Review in a 2013 interview that he voted for Constitution Party candidate Mike Peroutka. Bevin told the conservative publication that he has a "Peroutka for President" T-shirt from 2004.

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Peroutka was endorsed by the League of the South, a group described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "a coalition of hard-line 'neo-Confederates' who espouse racist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant ideas."

During the 2004 race, Peroutka said the Confederate flag stands for "justice, decency, integrity and honesty."

On Tuesday, Bevin called for removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the state Capitol rotunda.

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