Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, who was twice elected to lead a state that President Trump carried by more than 20 points.
What We Know:
- Gov. Bullock is a 53-year-old lawyer who made his name in Montana as a pragmatist and was able to win Republican support for liberal priorities like expanding Medicaid while burnishing his local credentials by protecting public lands.
- Bullock entered the Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, vowing to elevate the issue of campaign finance and more implicitly, to make Democrats competitive again across the country’s interior.
- Governor Bullock said, “As a Democrat in a red state, I often spend days among crowds where there are almost no Democratic voters in sight.” He also wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times in 2017, adding to his party “should try casting the fly like a little farther out into the river.”
- In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee alluded to the ballooning size of the field in attacking Bullock.
- Monica Lindeen, the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, said, it would remain neutral during the 2020 primaries, but added that “There’s no doubt Gov. Bullock has been an effective governor for our state.”
“I believe in an America where every child has a fair shot to do better than their parents,” Bullock said. “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.” Will he be the one to make the change?