Bevin declines to endorse McConnell, again

Bevin declines to endorse McConnell, again
Matt Bevin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Matt Bevin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Matt Bevin delivered a speech but not an endorsement of Sen. Mitch McConnell at a Republican rally Wednesday in suburban Louisville.

Bevin, the Louisville businessman who lost handily to McConnell in the GOP primary earlier this year, has repeatedly refused to publicly support his old foe.

He urged the crowd not to vote for McConnell's opponent, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, because her ideas wouldn't be good for Kentucky. Bevin didn't mention McConnell's name, but appeared to indicate during his speech that he had put his May loss behind him.

"Elections have consequences," Bevin said. "I say this with all due respect to a lot of folks who think otherwise – sometimes we need to get over it and move on because we have new races to run."

Asked afterward whether that meant he was endorsing McConnell, Bevin wouldn't take that extra step.

"I haven't been asked to give an endorsement," Bevin said. "But I'm going to tell you this, I have always voted for him, and I've made that clear."

Bevin said he "will absolutely be voting" on Tuesday, but declined to say whether he would cast his vote for McConnell, Libertarian candidate David Patterson, or one of the write-in candidates.

Bevin, who has said he's considering a run for Kentucky governor in 2015, also didn't provide more details on whether he would join the race.

Bevin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and others spoke to the crowd of about 300 people at the "Restore America" rally. A few dozen seats remained empty in the back of the room.

"I sense there's a rebellion brewing in these United States," Jindal said. "People are tired of it, they're ready for a hostile takeover of Washington D.C., and it starts on Tuesday."

Speeches focused on the dangers of government overreach, and the event was not an official McConnell campaign rally.

The senator left after delivering prepared remarks and without taking questions from reporters. Grimes also didn't take questions at two campaign events in Louisville on Tuesday.

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