Gov. Steve Bullock is entering the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. The two-term governor announced his candidacy in a video Tuesday morning.
Bullock is launching his campaign on the strength of his success winning re-election at the same time Donald Trump carried Montana by 20 points.
With Bullock’s announcement Tuesday morning he’s dismissing speculation by some that he would run for U.S. Senate in 2020, challenging incumbent Republican Steve Daines.
However Bullock says he’s ruled that out.
"Even before I decided to launch into a presidential race I pretty consistently said didn't have much interest in serving as a senator in Washington D.C."
Bullock says his success in the past has come as a government executive, not as a lawmaker.
Bullock’s presidential campaign kickoff video focuses on his work pushing for new state law targeting dark money in politics.
His campaign is setting up an office in Helena and he has hired campaign staff focused on the Iowa primary.
To give everyone a fair shot, we must do more than defeat Donald Trump. We have to defeat the corrupt system that keeps people like him in power, and we need a fighter who's done it before.
— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) May 14, 2019
Bullock is a Missoula, Montana native and a Columbia Law School graduate. He's been Montana's governor for two terms, since 2013. Bullock served as Montana's attorney general from 2009-2013. Before that he worked for law firms in Washington D.C. and Missoula.
During his term as governor, Bullock has championed Medicaid expansion in the state, taken aim at "dark money" in elections, and mandated "net neutrality" rules for state contracts.
Bullock talks more about why he's running and where he stands on issues like climate change, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for all.