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Politics Chat: Will Trump Stump For Bevin, And Will It Matter?

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Carolyn Kaster
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AP
President Donald Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin talk during a roundtable in the Roosevelt Room on Jan. 11, 2018.

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about Gov. Matt Bevin's hope that President Trump will come to Kentucky several times to help Bevin's re-election campaign.

Trump is very popular in Kentucky; Bevin's approval ratings are among the lowest of any governor in the country. It is likely Trump will try to help, Wilkinson said, because he does not need to have a GOP governor he supported lose a re-election campaign.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.