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Friday, August 7, 2020
What Exactly Does Steve Daines Stand For?
Ahead of tomorrow’s Montana Broadcasters debate, there are five important questions that Montanans deserve answers.
Over the past few months, Senator Steve Daines has pivoted to tough talk on China – glossing over his record of “actively courting senior Communist Party officials,” being labeled “China’s ambassador in Congress” and being accused of doing the country’s “political bidding.”
QUESTION 1: After years of championing increased economic ties to China, you’ve been running a campaign harshly criticizing China – how do you explain this reversal?
Daines said he would support “sworn enemy to public lands” William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management despite him having “argued for selling off almost all public lands” – but recently Daines backtracked claiming he hasn’t made a final decision.
QUESTION 2: You supported William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management – will you reverse your position and vote against him?
Daines has refused to condemn President Trump’s egregious executive overreach – even saying he was “thankful for the President’s leadership” after Trump teargassed peaceful protesters. Daines has also refused to denounce the dispatching of federal police into cities without local leaders’ consent.
QUESTION 3: If President Trump sent secret police into Montana, would you support that action?
Despite the ongoing global pandemic, Daines still wants to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and supports a partisan lawsuit to overturn the law, which could rip away health coverage from 112,000 Montanans if successful and end Medicaid expansion, which covers more than 80,000 Montanans.
QUESTION 4: Do you still support repealing the Affordable Care Act even though it would jeopardize coverage for more than 100,000 Montanans in the middle of a global pandemic?
Daines pays lip service to lowering prescription drug prices, but he voted with Republicans against giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices. Instead, he’s busy looking out for his Big Pharma buddies – pushing for a program in the CARES Act that awarded them huge contracts from the federal government, then pocketing thousands of dollars in campaign cash.
QUESTION 5: Prescription drug prices are rising – why don’t you support letting Medicare negotiate drug prices?
“Montanans deserve to know where their leaders stand,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “All too often Steve Daines chooses to skirt around issues and misrepresent his record – it’s abundantly clear he cannot be trusted.”
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