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Pence Slams Tester in Bozeman

Oct 2, 2018

In his visit to Bozeman today, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester for announcing his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before an FBI investigation into the judge is completed.

Pence said that Tester is voting against Kavanaugh because Kavanaugh is a conservative. He urged the crowd to vote for Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale to help the GOP expand its one-vote Senate majority.

“Even before these latest allegations are fully investigated, Senator Jon Tester already announced that he’s voting no on Judge Kavanaugh, just like he voted no on Justice Gorsuch,” Pence said in the speech.

Last Friday, Tester said he would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation because of the allegations of sexual assault against the judge, and because of Kavanaugh's record on domestic surveillance programs and money in politics.

Today's rally was Pence's second campaign trip to Montana in support of Rosendale. The vice president is headed to Spokane, Washington, to campaign for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.