Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) said Tuesday he was “honored” to have Donald Trump’s endorsement in the state’s gubernatorial race when asked about it just hours after a jury sided with the writer who E. Jean Carroll in his case against the former president.
Cameron was asked during a televised debate in the Kentucky GOP gubernatorial primary about his thoughts on the endorsement in light of Tuesday’s ruling, which found Trump liable for sexual battery and defamation against Carroll. .
“I don’t know the details of the civil complaint, and I understand it’s something that involved something 30 years ago, but I’m honored to have President Trump’s endorsement,” Cameron said. .
“I know that Alvin Bragg of New York is weaponizing the political system of the judicial system to try to destroy President Trump,” the state attorney added, referring to Trump’s indictment in a check paying hush money to a mature movie star at the time. 2016 Trump campaign.
Cameron made the comments while appearing in a televised debate with Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and suspended attorney Eric Deters on Tuesday ahead of next week’s Kentucky gubernatorial primary.
The three are among several Republicans vying for the GOP nomination to replace Gov. Andy Beshear (D) this fall. Cameron, Quarles and Deters qualified to participate in the debate. Former US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft was also eligible to participate in the debate but did not participate in the event.
The debate, sponsored by several Nexstar affiliates, offers voters their last chance to see some of the gubernatorial candidates in a televised debate episode before next Tuesday’s primary. The Hill is owned by Nexstar Media Group.
Quarles, also asked about the ruling and whether he will support Trump in 2024, noted that “they are still working out the details” and added that he did not base his campaign on the support of an individual but the state legislators, judgment executives and others who supported his campaign.
“I think the verdict is a bunch of balderdash. I think the woman is lying. I think it’s fabricated and the verdict itself is inconsistent. She said she was raped. They found her not guilty of rape, but sexual attack. It makes no sense,” Deters said.
Candidates are also asked to detail their personal histories or past incidents. Deters was asked about pleading guilty to multiple charges after a criminal complaint alleged the lawyer chased his nephew with his truck while his sister-in-law separately received harassment charges. message from him, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“This is a revenge and political prosecution, and it has no reason. You can be guilty of menacing If you scare somebody,” part of what Deters said during the debate.
Cameron was asked about his handling of the Breonna Taylor case in 2020 and the limited scope of the office’s investigation. The state attorney general received criticism for how he handled the case, which resulted in one officer being charged while two others involved in the shooting were not.
“We rewatched what happened that night, again from the beginning, all focused on what happened in the apartment that night… [Jefferson] Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine has now passed and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, when he recused himself from the case, that’s what we looked at. Again, everyone knew that from the beginning,” Cameron said.
“I understand that the far left and there are some Democrats who want to paint a different narrative and a different picture, but everybody knows what we’re looking at from the beginning,” he said.
Meanwhile, Quarles was asked about his decision to reschedule his attendance at an event that also included one of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.
“For me, we decided to reschedule because as a candidate, I feel like our campaign deserved the same kind of environment as other candidates,” explained Quarles, pointing to the fact of his answer that there was controversy in the event.
Polling from Emerson College Polling and Fox 56 Lexington released last month showed Cameron leading with 30 percent support, followed by Craft with 24 percent support. Quarles received 15 percent while the other contenders received less than 10 percent.
That poll still showed 21 percent undecided, however.
Defeating Beshear in the fall was no easy feat because the red-state Democrat enjoyed an unusually high amount of support in a state Trump won in 2020. Polling from Morning Consult released last month showed the Kentucky Democrat with a 63 percent approval rating.
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