Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) said Sunday that he would not have joined his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who raised their hands on the debate stage last month to indicate they favored providing health care to undocumented immigrants.
“A lot of the discussion that’s been happening on the debate stage is a bit disconnected from people’s everyday lives,” Bullock, who did not qualify for the Democratic National Committee’s first debate but is set to participate in the second, told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Presidents should not ‘fuel the flame’ National security adviser defends Trump tweets: The president ‘wants to de-escalate violence’ Sanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden MORE.
“I don’t believe in open borders [but] I don’t believe we have to build a wall,” he added, saying that guaranteeing health care for undocumented immigrants would mean “multiples of” the recent influx of migrants crossing the border.
Bullock, who has often touted his electoral victory in a state that went 56.2 percent to 36.7 percent for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016, told the “This Week” host that he believed governors were innately better-connected to their constituents than federal officeholders, adding that he “hear[s] about health care directly from constituents” when grocery shopping.
The Montana governor contrasted himself with candidates such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) who have called for the elimination of private health insurance, which Bullock said would “disrupt … 18 million people,” adding that he favored a public option and negotiations between the federal government and drug manufacturers.
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Bullock also defended four congresswomen on the left flank of the party after President Trump tweeted last week that they should “go back” to other countries, saying that while he disagreed with them on many issues, “any parent, any preacher, knows that telling four duly elected congresswomen to go back home, it’s racist.”
The presidential candidate blasted Trump for a chant of “send her back” that erupted at a campaign rally last week in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.), which Trump has since disavowed. Bullock told Stephanopoulos the moment was “going to be a stain on this presidency.”
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