Posted: Jun 9, 2012 4:41 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA- Now that the ballot is set for November, Montana candidates are uniting under their party's banner, gathering in Helena on Friday night for a rally.
Among the speakers was U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), who is fighting to retain his seat against challenger U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT).
Tester says he will beat Rehberg with a Montana value message, telling the audience, "This election is about responsible decision making. This election is about sticking up for your values in Washington DC and throughout this state. This election more importantly than that is about people versus corporations."
Democrats say they will reclaim Montana's lone U.S. House seat, which they haven't held since Congressman Pat Williams, who was also on hand for Friday's rally.
"Listen, Kim can win this. A woman from Montana in this year, can win this," referring to Democrat Kim Gillan, who will face Republican Steven Daines in November," Williams told the crowd.
"On campaign night every single reporter asked me, 'Kim, what are you going to do? He's got a lot of money. This could be David versus Goliath.' What I reminded them, is that the last time I read the Old Testament, David won!," Gillan said.
The Montana value message is trickling down the ballot as Steve Bullock faces Rick Hill in the race for Governor.
"I think it's time we retire two Congressmen: Denny Rehberg, and Congressman Rick Hill... It'll be about our priorities and our values. The priorities and values that gather in this room," Bullock said.
The Republican Party will hold its convention in Missoula next weekend.