‘This is what gives me hope’: Matt Bevin talks about his loss in Kentucky

Earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured his reelection bid by winning the Kentucky Republican primary in remarkably convincing fashion. Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin was McConnell’s main opponent, and throughout his campaign Glenn was continually impressed with Bevin. On radio this morning, a surprisingly optimistic Bevin joined Glenn to discuss his loss and what comes next.

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While both Glenn and Bevin hoped to be having this morning’s discussion under different circumstances, the men agreed the campaign was far fro meaningless.

“I know you are a God-fearing man, and so I am I. I know what I felt, and I know you know what you felt, and our God is not a God of frustration. He’s not a God to be thwarted,” Glenn said. “What do you take away from this? What do you think this exercise was for? Because it wasn’t meaningless. What happened?”

“Not even a little meaningless. This is the thing I take from this: From the very beginning, Glenn, it was clear to me this was something I was obedient to – a path that neither my wife nor I ever sought. It wasn’t something that I had aspired to, and yet every door continued to open and things unfolded in ways that were beyond our ability to even comprehend at times,” Bevin explained. “And so in our effort to do to the best of our ability that which was laid before us, we found ourselves on an incredible journey. What we have seen come from this is an awakening of people, an inspiring of young people in particular, in ways that would not have been there. There’s a ripple effect to history that we all know.”

One of the most inspiring moments of the whole campaign was the election night gathering organized by his campaign. Bevin explained he delivered his concession speech before a diverse group of Americans who truly care about the future of this country.

“The people that were in that room were the demographic of everything the GOP says that it wants to be and needs to be. We had older people, younger, black, white, Hispanic, poor, rich folks – the entire gamut of the socioeconomic spectrum in this country – not because we had focus groups, not because there had been outreach committees or a strategy session to reach these people. Every one of those folks was there of their own volition. They were drawn to this because of the integrity of it, the reality of it, the message of it. This is what gives me hope.”

Bevin explained that he is not sure what the future holds for him politically, but Glenn felt the urge to make Bevin an offer.

“I had no intention of saying that to you until you were on the phone, [but] I would like to ask if you wanted to provide commentary or anything or TheBlaze,” Glenn said. “I think you are a voice that needs to be heard. You just think about that and get back to me.”

“As I’m sure you find the same thing to be the case, people have 1,000 ideas of things you should do with your life. I’m very gracious of them… so I’m at this point listening,” Bevin said. “There’s Psalm 46:10. ‘Be still, and know I am God.’ At this point, to the degree I can with nine children and a campaign to button up, I’m being as still as I can – listening, trying to understand what it is I should do, what it is I could do, in order to make the most advantageous next steps.”

  • Robert Starkand

    What a wonderful interview. Its nice to see that Matt Bevin bounced back with such a positive outlook. I don’t know if running as a candidate for public office is best for him, but he and his family have time to sort that out. I’m glad he is holding his head high. He deserved better.

  • Crassus

    I guess Matt Bevin is angling to get a slot as a guest or weekend host on The Blaze. By now he’s probably discovered that singing the national anthem at cockfights doesn’t pay very much.

  • Anonymous

    This is god, Matt. I want you to keep running your campaign as a write in campaign for November. I want you to come from behind and win on the basis of a grassroots surge of voters writing in your name and voting for you instead of that sleazy Mitch McConnell.

    • ken.

      he could just run as an independent

      • Anonymous

        This is god, Ken. Matt must run his write-in campaign as a Republican or his winning will not be recognized as a true miracle. Running as an independent NOW would seem like the kind of thing Mitch McConnell would do… grasping at straws.

        • ken.

          you are only god in your dreams, not reality. why does it have to be recognized as a miracle? the only thing that even matters is if he wins. it makes no difference at all whether he runs as a republican write in or an independent, either one will look like grasping at straws to some and doing whatever it took to win to others.

          • Anonymous

            Oh ye of little faith, and even littler sense of humor. To god, dreams are reality. I shall pray to myself that you recover from your Hillaryitis and discover that it does, indeed, make a difference at this point in time.

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  • Hugh Jass

    Whether or not someone imposes their will upon another is an issue far different from whether or not we can choose wisely among our options.

  • suzyshopper

    Who knows maybe God has a different plan for this mans life, president maybe…..?

  • Anonymous

    In Bevin’s comments I hear reflections of Ron Paul’s optimism after his losses. I don’t think America is “awakening”, I think they don’t want a Libertarian or any hard right candidate.

  • Glenn Coughlin

    So, were Bevin’s cockfights “tent revivals”?
    Why is it that every time a Glenn Beck candidate loses it is God’s will?
    I guess we don’t have much to compare it to.
    Rarely do any of GB’s picks ever actually win.
    Let us pray that he supports the next Republican Presidential candidate all the way to their inevitable demise.

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