Montana Gov. Steve Bullock intrigues me. He got in to the presidential race about a week(?) ago, and is polling in the very low single digits right now, however he has hit the 1% threshold in 3 or more polls required to qualify for the debate stage, but his campaign hasn’t yet announced his fundraising numbers.
He’s not progressive by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s done pretty well for himself getting elected as a solid Dem in a solid Red state three times (two as governor, once as AG). I heard him on NPR today and he comes across as thoughtful and pragmatic (and when he talks he sounds a little like a cowboy!).
For those of us whose top priority in a candidate is an ability to win over those blue collar and suburban voters in the Industrial Midwest, he seems pretty appealing. Moderate white dude in his 50s who comes from a Republican and rural state.
Do I wish his track record on the environment was a little more in-step with my beliefs? Sure, but imo he did what he had to do to win and govern in a very red, coal-friendly state. I’m cautiously optimistic that he could evolve on the subject once he’s not sitting in the Montana governor’s mansion.
On healthcare, he seems more interested in shoring up Obamacare than coming out guns-ablazing on Medicare for All. And I’m okay with that, especially if it helps win over those voters in the Industrial Midwest who might be turned off by a more “socialistic” healthcare plan.
On education, he isn’t making the foolish (imo) plea for free college and/or student debt relief. Those stances are elitist. There are a lot of people in this country who don’t go to college, never went to college and don’t give a flying fig about free college. Bullock seems to be more interested in job training and apprenticeships.
He’s a big advocate for people living in rural communities. He’s a big supporter of getting money out of politics and of campaign finance reform. And he’s solid on LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights.
Anyway, I’d love to see him have a great couple of debate performances this summer and make a name for himself. [URL=“https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/18/politics/steve-bullock-2020-democrat-iowa-strategy/index.html”]
I’ve got my eye on this guy.