Another governor is joining in on a historically large candidate pool for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock shared a video to announce his intention to be the Democratic nominee to take on President Trump’s re-election effort.
“I believe in an America where every child has a fair shot to do better than their parents. But we all know that kind of opportunity no longer exists for most people; for far too many, it never has,” Bullock said in the video he shared on Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reports. “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.”
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
Bullock, who was first elected governor in 2012, detailed how he has worked to expand Medicaid, how he has backed same-sex marriage, and worked to combat dark money in Montana politics.
Bullock also highlighted that he was reelected in 2016 as a Democrat — even though his state also supported Trump in the general election by more than 20%.
“As a Democratic governor of a state Donald Trump won by 20 points I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me,” Bullock said in the video, claiming that he looks for common ground to unite Democrats and Republicans.
The Associated Press reports Bullock faces an uphill battle to garner support and separate himself against 20 other Democratic candidates:
His immediate challenge is corralling enough donors and support in the polls to qualify for the first Democratic debate in June. More broadly, as a white, Trump-state Democrat, Bullock could face an uphill battle to break through in a primary that — at least in its early days — has been defined by former Vice President Joe Biden’s dominance and the progressive energy of a diverse party base.
Bullock plans a two-tiered argument.
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He pitches himself as the rare Democrat who can win over rural and small-town voters — a constituency that helped Trump flip key battleground states in 2016. Bullock has done it three times in Montana, whose largest city boasts a population of 110,000 and where Democrat Hillary Clinton got just 36 percent of the vote against Trump.
“We need somebody who can win back some of these places we lost in ’16,” Bullock said, adding that “voters want somebody that they believe can win, that will fight for them.”
Bullock becomes the third governor seeking the Democratic presidential nomination alongside Washignton Governor Jay Inslee and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.
Some people online have criticized the wide-ranging spectrum of candidates has become too large: