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Fri May 24, 2019, 06:01 PM


MT Gov. Steve Bullock on NPR's Here & Now


I was quite impressed with this interview, especially how Bullock spoke up for rural voters, held to his principles, and deftly avoided most of the culture war traps the reporter (Jeremy Hobson) tried to set without sounding wishy-washy. Some highlights:

"Fundamentally I mean, Roe versus Wade set out the course pretty darn well 45 years ago, and I think that's what we should be following," he says. "As opposed to attacking women's health, we could figure out ways to promote it."


"We need to do everything we can to mitigate harmful effects of coal-power emissions as we transition. And that's what we've done in Montana, both doubling wind, quadrupling solar. But it's also critical that we support those hardworking communities at the center of that transition. I mean these are folks who've worked their whole lives to power our country, and now many Democrats and others, they act like they're really part of the problem. ... We have to be able to show working people that Democrats are on their side."


"What I would do is actually bring the global community together and say that if it's going to be tech, you can't turn around and say, 'All right, you have to transfer all the tech if it's going to be built in China.' If it's going to be trade, it's actually going to be, 'You have to open up fair trade just as the expectations are that we'd do.' I mean I think that they're playing a long game. The thought that even what the president announced yesterday is, 'We'll give farmers some subsidies for those lost markets.' Don't kid yourself. In Montana and Iowa and everywhere else, that payment isn't going to make up for when countries like Brazil then end up getting some of the market share. It'll impact us for years and years and years to come."


"I think the discussion ... what's even more problematic in some ways is, when there was a transition to put Harriet Tubman on, saying, 'OK, we're not even going to have that discussion anymore' I think that is problematic. And I think what we've seen of the current administration is really trying to divide people, and pour gasoline on the divisions in this country that we already have. That's no way to run a country."

More text & full 11-minute audio at link above. After hearing it, I'd describe Bullock as one to watch, and potentially at least a good possible VP candidate for Warren.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: we have an impressive number of excellent people vying for the Democratic nomination in 2020.


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Fri May 24, 2019, 11:55 PM

1. Indeed. Bullock should be added to the list of candidates here


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