WASHINGTON – Gov. Steve Bullock is running for president, and is prioritizing restoration of economic opportunity for the middle class as a key campaign issue, the Montana Democrat announced in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
“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. That’s why we need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out people’s voice,” Bullock said in the video.
Bullock, who represents a state Trump won by more 20 points, emphasized that he has the ability to win votes from both Republicans and independents.
“I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me,” he said.
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
in an interview with CNN on Monday, Bullock hinted that he was going to run.
Bullock, 53, has served as Montana’s chief executive since 2013. Prior to that, he served five years as the state’s attorney general.
He is considered a moderate Democrat with progressive bona fides.
Bullock vetoed legislation that would restrict late-term abortions. He supports same-sex marriage, net neutrality and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bullock is the 22nd Democrat to enter the 2020 contest. His competitors include a fellow governor, a former governor, seven senators, a former senator, four representatives, two former representatives, a mayor, two former mayors, a former vice president, an entrepreneur and an author.
Sixteen senators, 19 members of Congress, and 17 governors have become president.
Six presidents had no prior political experience. They include: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, Zachary Taylor and Donald Trump.