Obama visit puts focus on senator for rural state
August 17, 2009
MATT GOURAS Associated Press Writer BELGRADE
By making a rare presidential visit to Montana, Barack Obama has put even more pressure on the rural state's senior senator, Max Baucus, and his panel to produce bipartisan health care legislation in just a month's time. The president's Friday town hall in a conservative suburb of Bozeman allowed him to speak directly to Baucus' constituents the same people who are already giving the senator an angry earful during the congressional August recess. It also allowed the two Democrats to show solidarity, even as significant policy differences remain....