Governor of Montana
- Drops out of race Dec. 2, 2019
- governor of Montana, 2013-present
- born April 11, 1966, Missoula, Mont.
- graduated Columbia Law School 1994
- Montana attorney general 2009-2013
Bullock on impeachment:
“Congress must swiftly investigate these allegations and demand the whistleblower report and any relevant transcripts of the president’s interactions with Ukrainian officials,” Bullock said on 09/24/19
A Fair Shot for Everyone
Governor doesn’t support guaranteeing health care to undocumented immigrants.*
He supports Obamacare, has spoken out about efforts to repeal and undermine it, and guided Montana’s Medicaid expansion through the GOP-controlled Legislature in 2015.
In 2017, Bullock vetoed a bill that barred doctors from performing late-term abortions.
Bullock doesn’t support Medicaid for All and eliminating private insurance. Instead, he would offer “a Medicare for anyone who wants a public option where people can buy-in.”
Bullock backs abortion rights.**
* “No. I think we need to do comprehensive immigration reform,” Bullock said.
**”It’s not my decision to be making a decision that a woman needs to make in consultation with her doctor, her family, her faith.”
Governor backs a ban on assault weapons, supports red-flag laws.
He also supports universal background checks, but a spokesman in 2016 said he opposed them.*
He says the federal government can support communities that choose to conduct voluntary buybacks of assault weapons.
“I’ve had to lower the flag 13 times for mass shootings since I’ve been governor. The first time was one too many,” said Bullock.
He criticized President Trump on exiting from the Paris climate agreement.
Before the Trump administration revoked the Clean Power Plan, Bullock led an effort to comply with the Obama administration initiative to reduce pollution from power plants, but shied away from giving his full-fledged support for the policy.*
As governor, he has protected the state’s coal industry, opposed the Obama administration’s limits on greenhouse gases and a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.
He supported the development of the Keystone XL pipeline.
He calls either addressing climate change or choosing fossil fuels a false choice.**
*”Big Oil reaps huge profits and takes over our public lands. Our politicians stand by and do literally nothing to deal with the climate crisis.”
** “I think coal, for the foreseeable future, is going to have a place in our country,” he told reporters the day he announced his candidacy for president.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Bullock was one of 11 governors to sign a letter to Congress protecting the 800,000 DREAMers, who were brought illegally to the US as children. *
As Montana attorney general, he opposed a state law banning undocumented immigrants from accessing state jobs and services.
Governor refused President Trump’s request to send troops to the southern border. But he supports funding for the US-Mexico border wall if experts recommend it.
*“As a Democrat, I’m for border security, I’m for figuring out comprehensive immigration reform, but I do think that this president has used immigration and not only ripped families apart but this country apart.”
Bullock told the Washington Post he does not support eliminating criminal penalties “for people apprehended crossing the border and who do not seek to claim asylum.”
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
Bullock supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Bullock established the Equal Pay for Equal Work task force with the goal of making Montana the first state to close the gender pay gap.
Education/student debt/free tuition
Governor has argued proposals for free college overlook apprenticeships and other initiatives that can also prepare students for work.
Under Bullock, the cost of public college tuition was frozen for Montana residents.
Bullock vetoed a bill that would have banned Sharia and other foreign laws from being used in Montana courts.
With Montana farmers hit hard, Bullock has blasted President Trump for what he calls his “reckless” trade war with China.
As attorney general and a gubernatorial candidate in 2012, Bullock voiced opposition to a law that repealed the voter-led initiative and replaced it with a more tightly controlled system.*
Governor endorses allowing state-legal markets to operate without fear of punishment from the federal government.
In a 2011 memo as Montana attorney general, Bullock spoke in support of medical marijuana patients’ rights to own firearms.
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