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Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, a moderate Democrat who just last year was re-elected to his third term, surveyed the crowded field of fellow Democrats running for president.
But despite the size of the Democratic field, the 62-year-old rancher from the Big Sky State said that he doesn’t see anyone who could speak to rural America.
Tester’s assessment is even more remarkable given that Tester’s fellow Montanan, Gov. Steve Bullock, recently joined the pack of nearly two dozen Democrats running for president.
“No, but I have seen some policies come out of some Democrats that fit that description. And I think it’s important that we stay connected with reality,” Tester said. “College is too high. We need to figure out ways to drive it down, but I’m not sure that there doesn’t need to be skin in the game if you go to college. The same thing with health care. And one other proposal that was put out said you’re going to have a job, the job’s going to pay livable wages. You just can’t do that. It’s not that easy. It would be great — it’s great to say it, but it’s hard to implement it. Let’s be grounded in common sense and move forward.”