It's election day 2015 and one of the races worth paying attention to is in Kentucky, where Republican candidate Matt Bevin is attempting to win the Democrat-occupied governor seat.
Bevin joined Glenn's radio program Tuesday to talk about why Kentucky residents should vote values over party.
"Kentuckians have core Christian values. Solid values. Good work ethic. Respect for the law. Respect for the Constitution," Bevin said. "What now passes for the Democrat Party nationally, when you have Hillary Clinton duking it out with Bernie Sanders to see who can lean the farthest to the left, this is what has become of that party. It does not represent who we are in Kentucky."
Listen to the full exchange or read the transcript below.
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.
GLENN: Let's go to Matt Bevin who is in Kentucky and running for governor. Are we going to be calling you Mr. Governor tomorrow, sir?
MATT: That is up to the individuals that are voting. Actually, the polls have been open now for a couple of hours. And it is going to be some time this evening that we will determine who the next governor is. But I'll tell you what, I have faith that the adults among us will come out to vote. And if you are in Kentucky, if you are listening, for two reasons, number one, we need a conservative. We need a noncareer politicians.
MATT: And, finally, we don't want to be dead to Glenn Beck. So please get out and do your --
GLENN: Honestly, I don't think it's in that order. But, you know, whatever.
So tell us, have you been -- have you -- do you go -- did you go to bed last night saying, "Honey, I did absolutely everything I can?"
MATT: Absolutely. I mean we toured the state. We went to half a dozen spots around the state with the entire ticket. I took the whole ticket. We started in Louisville. Went to Lexington. To Northern Kentucky. To Ashland. Down to Bowling Green. To Paducah. Down to Owensboro.
GLENN: What did you learn in all that time?
MATT: What we learned is that there's passion and enthusiasm in our base. And it is going to be a function of whose base turns out. This is a close race. We've only elected two Republicans in the last 75 years for governor. It rarely happens, but we have an opportunity. I do believe that we will win. Because, frankly, conservative values outside values, business principles, these things matter. And I do believe the people of Kentucky will do the right thing today.
GLENN: It's tied, 44-44, according to polls.
MATT: It's right down to the wire. And if people would just go to, say, mattbevin.com -- now, in all seriousness, at this point, people either know or don't know what they're going to know going into the vote. But I encourage people, vote your values and not your party. If you are listening this morning and you have not voted, vote your values. If you respect human life, we've had the endorsement of the National Right to Life, the Kentucky Right to Life. We have the endorsement of the NRA and of Gun Owners of America. We have the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. And any number of individuals who value the things we value. Vote your values, not your party. And we will win this going away.
GLENN: I will tell you that I'm -- you know, I understand -- like in my grandparents' day, they had FDR. And they thought they got him through the big one and everything else. So they had that. And the Democrats hadn't really exposed themselves for being who they are now. I mean, they are full-fledged socialists. And I lived in Kentucky, Matt. I mean, those aren't socialists. I mean, obviously there are some. I lived on St. James Court. So I'm sure there are some socialists there. But the average person in Kentucky, they might be Democrat, but they're not socialists.
MATT: No. Kentuckians have core Christian values. Solid values. Good work ethic. Respect for the law. Respect for the Constitution. Only two-thirds of us care about these things. What now passes for the Democrat Party nationally, when you have Hillary Clinton duking it out with Bernie Sanders to see who can lean the farthest to the left, this is what has become of that party. It does not represent who we are in Kentucky, which is why I challenge people, think beyond your party. Look at the values you hold dear, the appreciation for the family values, traditional values, core values, individual responsibility, these things matter to Kentuckians. And if people vote their values, we will win this race handily.
PAT: So, Matt, what differentiates you from Jack Conway?
MATT: I tell you what, I would encourage, if people have not seen our last gracious, my gracious, he has no solutions to anything. He's a man who grew up in a very privileged environment. So he's not good at relating to people. I grew up as a guy well below the poverty level. We're very different there.
He went to all the best private schools. I had to pay 100 percent of my way through school in order to go to college. I'm a military veteran. He's not. I'm pro-life. He has Planned Parenthood phone banking for him even this morning and has been this week and has given him thousands of dollars.
You know, he's a guy who told our county clerks, they need to do their job, quit, or go to jail, when he himself didn't do his job. So on the value of First Amendment, freedom of religion, he and I are two very different people.
He's a guy who has always been a career politician. He's never created a single job in his entire life. I'm a guy who has created hundreds of jobs, so different there. I'm a guy who believes we need school choice. I think it's good for Kentucky. And that Common Core is not the solution for our students. He believes Common Core is good and that we should not have any competition.
MATT: For education dollars.
STU: He sounds like the devil.
GLENN: He does. So your campaign slogan sounds like a vote for Conway is a vote for the plague. Is that --
MATT: I tell you, I think bubonic, perhaps.
MATT: He or the Obama plague, perhaps.
GLENN: The Obama plague.
MATT: He truly is a rubber stamp. For those looking forward to the future of no Obama in the White House, we will have four more years of that rubber stamp here in Kentucky. And we do not need a rubber stamp for Barack Obama in the Kentucky governor's seat for the next four years. We can't afford it.
STU: Quick question, Governor.
GLENN: Might be a little premature.
MATT: A little premature, but I like how you're thinking.
STU: You talk about Planned Parenthood phone banking for your opponent. You're talking about Kentucky, a state where 67 percent of Kentuckians oppose abortion and want it to be illegal. I mean, 67 percent.
PAT: Is it really?
STU: This is not a borderline issue in this state.
GLENN: I'm telling you, it is old school Democrat.
PAT: How is he getting past that, Matt?
GLENN: It's old-school Democrat.
PAT: Is he just saying that the governor doesn't decide that anyway? Is that how he's getting around that issue?
MATT: He refuses to answer that question when asked. He was asked point-blank, would he defund Planned Parenthood? He refuses to answer. I've made very clear that I would defund that, no question about it. There's no reason why our taxpayer dollars -- we spend a $500 million a year subsidizing an organization that turns around and spends millions of dollars electing liberals who are like Jack Conway. We don't need more liberals being paid with our tax dollars to jam ideology down our throats that we don't agree with. I think it's time to dismiss all of these people from their influence in wagging the dog of American politics.
GLENN: So you've run twice now? You've gotten our hopes up twice. There will be no third time, Matt.
PAT: So are you saying Kentucky and Matt are dead to us?
GLENN: He's dead to us, if he loses.
MATT: You know, and I'm grateful to you because you do it the same every day. I have put my heart and soul into this. I've put every ounce of my time, talent, and treasure that I have on the line for this state and, frankly, for this nation. I believe in the exceptionalism of America. I served this nation. I served with guys who gave I went back. And it kills me that not even a third of us are going to even bother to vote today in Kentucky. That we're so apathetic that we don't take this seriously. I love America. And I have given what I can, some modern day equivalent of my life, fortune, and sacred honor to ensure that we have a better future. And I just challenge the listeners in Kentucky, get to the polls. For all of you not in Kentucky, when your time is at the ballot box, do your civic duty. Honor the legacy of those who have given everything for us to have this opportunity.
GLENN: And if I may say, if you're in Indiana or Ohio, just go vote anyway in Kentucky.
PAT: Maybe you've died in the past five years. Go ahead and vote.
GLENN: Maybe you have a dead relative who hasn't been taken off the books, I mean, there's no problem with that.
MATT: Sadly, it has been known to happen.
GLENN: I know.
PAT: I know.
GLENN: Matt, we wish you the best of luck.
PAT: Good luck. Please win.
GLENN: We hope to hear from you tomorrow giving us good news. And if we don't hear from you tomorrow, we'll know that you're dead to us.
PAT: And so is your state.
MATT: I'm still going to love you guys. I'm grateful to you. I really am. Thank you so much.
GLENN: We love you too. We really respect you, Matt.
PAT: All right. Thanks. Good luck. Yeah, Mattbevin.com. Check it out.
GLENN: Thanks a lot, Matt.