Kentucky governor: Closing schools for cold temperatures signals that 'we're getting soft'

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'We're getting soft:' Gov. Bevin criticizes cold weather closings

"This nitwit governor in Kentucky, saying that, 'Oh, we're weak!' These are kids who are going to be in sub-zero wind chills".

Adam Edelen, the former state auditor and Democratic candidate for governor, also weighed in, calling the governor's remarks "dumb and mean".

Secretary of State Alison Grimes also joined the call to help children in need.

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Hundreds of public schools and several large universities from North Dakota to Pennsylvania canceled classes on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the risky temperatures. "We're getting soft", Bevin said in the interview with radio host Terry Meiners. "We're getting soft", he said repeatedly.

"It's deep freeze!" Meiners said. 'This is serious business'. I mean, what happened to America?

Although Bevin, a Republican, publicly has praised Davis as "an inspiration ... to the children of America", his attorneys are taking a more critical tone in court briefs, blaming the ex-clerk for failing to do her job following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Bevin to "hush".

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Bevin, who was born in Colorado and grew up in New Hampshire, attended the Gould Academy, a college preparatory school in Bethel, Maine, where annual tuition for boarding students is now $61,350.

"Because I guarantee you most of our students are not wearing some fancy Patagonia or North Face jackets", she added.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said there is nothing soft about canceling schools, citing numbers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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