Democratic governor of Montana says ‘no secret recipe’ as he eyes 2020


Democratic governor of Montana says 'no secret recipe' as he eyes 2020

“Somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of my voters also voted for Donald Trump. But how I win and how I govern, I don’t think there’s any secret recipe.”

The Montana governor said he shows up and he listens.

“I begin with a basic assumption, that most folks lives are too busy for politics and the partisanship that we see every day. And we really share some values. Everybody wants a safe community, a decent job, a roof over their heads, good public schools, clean air, clean water,” Bullock says. “And I think it’s important to be for something, not just against them.”

Bullock says Democrats will mess up the midterms if they make it, “just a referendum against Donald Trump. It’s not enough from my perspective just to be against him. It’s got to be what we are for.”

Democratic governor of Montana says 'no secret recipe' as he eyes 2020

William Campbell/Corbis via Getty ImagesMontana Governor Steve Bullock campaigning at a democrats gathering in Livingston, Montana on July 2, 2016.

Karl questioned Bullock on where he fits on the ideological spectrum, especially in light of the Florida governor’s race where the Democratic nominee, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, rode a wave of liberal support from young voters and African-Americans to a stunning primary victory Tuesday night. Klein followed up, saying, “He [Gillum] is a Bernie Sanders candidate. He wants to legalize marijuana. He wants strict new gun controls. Medicare for all. Abolish ICE.”

Karl asked the governor whether, with his moderate views, he could fit under the Democratic Party tent.

Bullock countered against the idea of putting candidates in “lanes” and said the excitement is what they all have in common. “Look, the way we really got to win is to give voters a reason to go out, and vote for something.”

“We have to make sure that folks can win, and what we also saw is record turnout in yesterday’s primary in Florida. I think folks are tired of nothing getting done, sick of states not getting anything done. There’s a lot of energy out there, and the energy isn’t in either one end of the spectrum of the party. “

After a lightning round of questions on issues, including Bullock’s position on abolishing ICE to Medicare expansion to trade, the hosts asked him the “big question,” given Bullock’s multiple trips to Iowa and last week’s stop in New Hampshire.

“Are you going to run for president?” Podcast listeners will hear the answer. Bullock ended the interview with an invitation to Karl and Klein to come to Big Sky Country.


Democratic governor of Montana says ‘no secret recipe’ as he eyes 2020

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