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It seems like another day, another Democrat jumps into the presidential race.
This time, it’s Steve Bullock, the 53-year-old governor of Montana, the “Big Sky State.”
Given that Bullock was re-elected to a second term as governor in the same year that Donald Trump won the state overwhelmingly on his way to becoming president, he is basing his nascent campaign for the White House on his ability to cross over to attract and work with Trump supporters.
“As a Democratic governor of a state that Trump won by 20 points, I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me. I go all across our state’s 147,000 square miles and look for common ground to get things done,” Bullock said in announcing his campaign. “That’s how I was able to bring Democrats and Republicans together. We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice. I’m Steve Bullock and I’m running for president.”
Bullock generally is classified as a moderate. While he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, Bullock declined to attend that year’s Democratic National Convention.
He is pro-choice on abortion. During the 2017 state legislative session, Bullock vetoed two bills aimed at restricting late-term abortions.
Bullock also is for campaign finance regulations, having unsuccessfully attempted to challenge the landmark Citizens United decision before the Supreme Court during his term as state attorney general prior to becoming governor.
And although Bullock believes humans contribute to climate change, Montana became the first state to halt preparations for the Clean Power Plan when the US Supreme Court issued its stay in 2016.
Bullock also issued his own executive order to care for sage grouse rather than allow the bird to fall under the federal Endangered Species Act.