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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock: I’ve Ruled Out a Senate Run

The governor said that he just doesn’t have the skill set to be a senator.

By NTK Staff | 03.14.2019 @11:00am
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock: I’ve Ruled Out a Senate Run

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) isn’t quite ready to announce he’s running for president, but he is ready to commit to something else: not running for Senate.

In an interview with the Montana Free Press, Bullock said he first wants to focus on finishing up work in the current legislative session before making a determination on a White House run. But on the topic of running for Senate, he was clear:

Bullock acknowledged that some in his party have urged him to challenge [Sen. Steve] Daines, but he thinks there are other Democrats who could take that seat. Besides, he says, he doesn’t want that job.

“I’ve expressed all along [that] I just don’t have an interest in running for U.S. Senate,” Bullock said. “I think that my skill set, and what I’ve done, I just wouldn’t enjoy it, so I’d ruled it out.”

To be sure, Bullock’s presidential campaign would be a longshot effort. With so many more recognizable names in the mix, it would be difficult for Montana’s little-known governor to make a splash. It would also be exceedingly difficult for him to visit all the important early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada while fulfilling his duties as governor. His term does not expire until Jan. 2021.

To make matters worse, he’s one of only three Democrats who has publicly admitted to seeking former President Bill Clinton’s advice on a 2020 White House run. The 42nd president is not exactly emblematic of the future of the Democratic Party in 2019.

But Bullock’s decision to publicly and emphatically rule out a Senate run is blow to Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). They have struggled to recruit top-tier candidates this cycle.

Democrats don’t necessarily need another Democrat running for president, but they could use one to run against Daines in 2020. But Bullock’s refusal to run for Senate was so emphatic, he went out of his way to highlight his shortcomings. That could wind up being his undoing, should he go back on his word and launch a Senate campaign down the road.

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