Election 2020
Portrait of Steve Bullock
Portrait of Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock

Democratic candidate

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is one of the country’s only red-state Democrats to win reelection in 2016. He entered the race castigating what he called “evidence of a corrupt system all across America that serves campaign money, not the people.” Bullock, 53, is a former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and has encouraged his party to reach out to Republicans and independents.

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Climate change

Bullock says he’d rejoin the Paris climate agreement and that the United States can reach some of the goals of that deal even faster than originally set out. He would not ban fossil fuel exports and would not end leasing for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands.

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He does not support eliminating the Electoral College, saying Democrats need to do a better job reaching out to communities that aren’t voting for them. Bullock does believe the Senate filibuster should be eliminated. He’s open to increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court but not term limits.

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Health care

Bullock does not support Medicare-for-all, preferring a public option that lets anyone buy into government insurance. He points to Medicaid expansion and high-risk pools that he accomplished in Montana as a model for the country. Bullock disagrees with providing government health-care coverage to undocumented immigrants.

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Bullock says he’s not against walls if experts think the United States needs more but thinks technology can be deployed more effectively along the border. He would not decriminalize crossing the border but says he’d reverse the current administration’s “‘zero-tolerance’ policy that led to inhumane family separations and the detention of small children,” focusing enforcement on security threats.

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