Will Kim Davis define Ky. governor's race?

Posted at 4:29 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 04:29:04-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's Republican candidate for governor relied on a defiant county clerk in an attempt to redefine the race during the campaign's first televised debate on Tuesday.

Matt Bevin attacked his Democratic rival Jack Conway for his stances on social issues, including his response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' decision to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. Bevin said Conway did not share the values of the majority of Kentucky's voters and urged people to elect him instead.

Conway defended his decision to not defend the state's gay marriage ban by saying it would have saved the state money on a costly lawsuit it was destined to lose. He criticized Bevin for refusing to release his tax returns, saying he was hiding from Kentucky voters.