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Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, announced Tuesday that he is running for president when, in a largely republican state, a twice-elected Democrat appeals to primary voters and joins a primary field of nearly two dozen candidates.
Bullock is focusing his Campaign Message campaign, which announces the electoral laws of Montana, for which he has advocated as attorney general and governor, and promises to "take back our democracy."
"I believe in an America where every child has a fair chance of doing better than their parents, but we all know that most people no longer have that opportunity, and there are none for too many "Bullock says in his announcement video. "We must defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that drowns the campaign money over people's voices so that we can finally deliver on the promise of a fair shot for all.
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YouTube  The Bullock, first elected in 2012, was re-elected in Montana in 2016, when President Trump gave the state more than 20 points.
The 53-year-old Democrat was looking for a Bullock visit to Iowa State Fair last year and Stumping in New Hampshire In April, he began hiring staff for his Political Action Committee, including in Iowa, where the nomination process will begin with the February next elections with so many candidates.
During Bullock's more moderate positions in a party that moves more to the left could be problematic, he has some recently Liberal positions taken, including support for a ban on offensive weapons. Bullock also expanded Medicaid in his state while working with a GOP legislator and protected public lands.
Bullock faced controversy in February after it was revealed that New York mayor Bill de Blasio had fired his former chief of staff, who had previously worked for Bullock with the Democratic Governors Association, on sexual harassment. Bullock wrote an online post confirming that, as chairman of the DGA, he had fired staff Kevin O & # 39; Brien after a harassment complaint from another servant. He apologized for not having warned de Blasio when he started O & Brien a few weeks later.
"I was wrong and thought naively that I had done enough – I should have done more to make sure future employers learned about his behavior," Bullock wrote. "I also know that these findings are too late for the two women in New York City, so I am very sorry."
De Blasio also weighed a bid and would have entered the race like Bullock as White The Democrats are discussing the concept of "eligibility" and how it relates to women and color candidates.
] The call to the center has become a common refrain in the 2020 electoral debate, and Bullock has to compete with a number of candidates who argue the same thing.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ohio MP Tim Ryan and others have made their ability to win votes in purple and red districts a key part of their vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden also argues that he has the opportunity to address a wide range of voters, including moderators who may have supported President Trump in 2016.