NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first 2020 presidential primary debate in June of 2019. This is the sixteenth in a series of BFIA’s coverage and commentary of the announcement speeches by the declared Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in no particular order. To view the previous candidate announcement posts type the candidate’s name in the search box on this page.
Steve Bullock interview with CBS News Ed O’Keefe right after announcing his candidacy in Helena, Montana: (26 minutes)
Perhaps the most notable absence from the first round of Democratic debates next Wednesday and Thursday will be Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. As we see the political divide growing across the country, Governor Bullock takes a different road. He is a liberal Democrat in a reputed Republican state. He believes in compromise and bipartisanship.
Bullock niche is as that of an executive who gets things done despite the divisiveness in today’s politics. Bullock proudly lists his accomplishments as governor to highlight how he gets things done despite a legislature that is Republican:
A Progressive Who Gets Stuff Done
As Governor, Steve’s been busy:
- Expanded Medicaid
- Passed an Earned Income Tax Credit
- Froze college tuition and started apprenticeship programs at 2-year public colleges
- Passed one of the strongest anti-dark money laws in the country
- First Governor in the country to protect net neutrality, with other Governors following his lead
- Suing the Trump Administration on dark money
- Created landmark protections for the LGBTQ community
- Actually passed major infrastructure investments
- Under Bullock’s leadership, Montana’s economy has strengthened, with families climbing into the middle class at the fastest rate in the nation
But there are a few things he won’t do:
Vetoed attacks on worker rights
Vetoed attacks on civil rights and access to the court house
Stopped big polluters and vetoed attacks on our public lands
Refused to give into fear-mongering around refugee families and declared he wouldn’t send his National Guard soldiers and airmen to the border based on a whim or tweet.
Stopped every single attack on a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. Every. Single. One.
Bullock entered the race too late to give him time to accumulate the necessary donors and recognition to qualify for round one of the debates. His website proudly proclaims that he has already qualified for round 2.
Bullock is soft spoken, a rare trait for a politician. What he says can be profound.
In this year when our current president is pushing hard to further divide our country, Steve Bullock may be a refreshing change.