Matt Bevin on what he and Mitch McConnell have in common

February 11, 2014

Welcome back to Five Questions!

Every election cycle, we sit down with dozens of candidates for Congress and governor. This year, we're aiming to show you a different side. Who are they beyond the talking points and slogans in their campaign ads? What opinions do they hold on sports and pop culture? And what do they like to do when they are not on the campaign trail?

Today, we give you Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin. Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He faces long odds in his quest to upset the Senate's top Republican, with polls showing him trailing by a wide margin.

Here's the Five Questions segment in video form, along with a transcript of the discussion, edited for brevity. (And if you missed our session with Milton Wolf, you can catch it here.)

Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin is challenging the top Republican in the Senate this year. We asked him five questions, including one about Kentucky basketball. An earlier version of this video incorrectly said Bevin is backed by the Club for Growth. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)

1. Which team advances further in the NCAA men's basketball tournament this year: Louisville or Kentucky?

Seriously? You want me to answer that question? I'm running for a statewide office in Kentucky, and you really think I'm going to give you an answer to that question? That is a no-win question. I'm delighted to see any team from Kentucky go as far in the tournament as they possibly can. And that's all you're going to get, sorry.

2. Tell us something you have in common with McConnell.

We're both men. We're both Republicans.

3. Your family's business makes bells. Who is the better Bell: Joshua or Kristen?

In terms of their skill, I would have to say Joshua Bell. I think he is a better violinist than she is an actress. But each is pretty good in their own respective space.

4. If you lose the primary, would you campaign with McConnell in the general election?

I can assure you of this: I will do everything in my power to ensure that Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is not the next senator from the state of Kentucky.

5. If you had a horse in the Kentucky Derby, what would it be named?

'Mitch we loved 'ya,' maybe? I don't know. Of course, the Derby is right before the primary. So, I'm a big believer in the long shot. There are many who would say my campaign is a long shot. So, maybe something tied to that.

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