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Fact Check on Matt Bevin's New Ad

Matt Bevin's new ad is just further proof why Republicans called him an "East Coast Con Man" and a "Pathological Liar." Check the facts for yourself: 

BEVIN CLAIM: "There’s a better choice: outsider businessman Matt Bevin."

  • FACT: Matt Bevin has been running for political office since 2013. 

BEVIN CLAIM: Politicians like Jack Conway will say anything to get elected.

  • FACT: Lexington Herald-Leader: “On Issue After Issue, Bevin Is Reversing Himself And Blaming The Media For Mistaking Straight-Aways For U-Turns” [The Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/4/15]

  • FACT: WDRB, Dyche: Bevin “Wildly Inconsistent,” “Absolutely Unfettered By [His] Past Statements.” [WDRB, 8/6/15]

BEVIN CLAIM: Bevin is running for Governor to improve education and create better jobs for Kentucky.

  • FACT: Matt Bevin Thinks Early Childhood Education “Serves No Purpose,” Would Lead on Draining Funds from Public Schools Through Vouchers, and Would Repeal Kentucky Core Academic Standards – Costing Kentucky Millions.  [KET Debate, 5/11/15; Commonwealth Policy Center Gubernatorial Forum, 3/30/15; Louisville Tea Party Forum, 4/16/15; Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Bottom Line, 8/18/15]

  • FACT: Matt Bevin Thinks It Is “Not the Role of Government” to Incent Businesses to Move to Kentucky and Create Jobs. [Louisville Tea Party Forum, 4/16/15]

BEVIN CLAIM: Bevin’s plan “starts with cutting taxes.” 

  • FACT: Bevin Said He “Absolutely” Supported the Fair Tax, a 23 Percent Sales Tax on Almost All Goods and Services.  [NKU Debate, 4/22/, accessed 5/26/15

  • FACT: Bevin Called to Get Rid of Tax Expenditures. “We have got to get rid of what are called tax expenditures in the state of Kentucky.” [Jessamine County Forum, 4/25/15]

From David Bergstein of the Kentucky Democratic Party: "This ad is just further proof why Republicans called Matt Bevin an 'East Coast Con Man' and a 'Pathological Liar.' The truth is that Bevin said early childhood education programs like Head Start 'serve no purpose,' his plan would spike taxes on hardworking Kentuckians, and he's refused to be honest about everything from his positions on issues to his tax returns. No amount of misleading advertisements can distract Kentuckians from Bevin's chronic, delusional dishonesty -- which is why we cannot trust Bevin to serve as our governor."