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Hot race running in campaigns for Montana's U.S. senator: Steve Bullock

 

Steve Bullock

Gov. Steve Bullock said he thinks his record shows his ability to produce results, which he wants to take to Congress.

"I ran for governor initially in 2012, with really one goal in mind: To make sure this place I was raised was even better for not only today, but the next generation," Bullock said. "I think that if you look over the last seven years, I worked to represent all of Montana and leave better than I found it. Even in times where politics is divided, we've been able to accomplish a great deal, from expanding Medicaid to building our infrastructure and investing in places like Northern up there in Havre to boosting job training programs, defending access to public lands, in addition to some of the toughest campaign finance regulations in our country."

As governor, he said, he has been able to find common ground with people he doesn't always agree with to both improve and protect Montanans lives and is running for Senate to continue to do that work.

That work also includes bringing access to health care, creating more good paying jobs, keeping public lands in public hands and to make sure that rural and urban areas have opportunities, he added.

At the end of the day, Bullock said, it will be up to Montanans to decide if he is the best candidate for the Senate race.

"I'll approach serving in the Senate the same way I have as governor, and that's going beyond sort of the political food fight to the day trying to bring people together to get things done to making a meaningful difference in peoples' lives, and that's what I've been able to do for 12 years as governor, as attorney general and that's what I expect to do as senator representing Montana," he said.

He thinks Montanans frustration with Washington D.C. isn't limited to COVID-19, it's time that it seems Washington has become a place where talking has substituted doing, he added.

When it comes to how the federal government has handled this pandemic, he said, he doesn't think pointing fingers gets anyone very far.

"I wake up each day saying, 'What can I do to help Montanans get through this crisis,'" Bullock said. "To me, it is a public health challenge and an economic challenge not a political challenge." 

He said what he has seen through this also is that some people "working darn hard" at various federal agencies to get Montana what it needs to stop the spread of this virus, flatten the curve, save lives and make it so that the state can look at ways to re-open.

He said, as governor, he lived underneath the rules of "you don't spend more than you can bring in and you have to have a balanced budget," and he would take that attitude to dealing with the debt and deficit caused by COVID-19 relief.

He added that some of the expenses that were one-time only under the CARES Act made sense, but going forward the government has to recognize the debt created.

"We got to start thinking more like states do, and if you are going to spend you got to figure out ways to actually get the revenues for that money, which seems to have been kind of lost from Washington, D.C," Bullock said. 

 

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