Daines, Bullock clash over pandemic, Supreme Court in debate

Daines, Bullock clash over pandemic, Supreme Court in debate

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Sen. Steve Daines, R- Mont., speaks to a crowd of supporters at a Republican campaign rally in Belgrade, Mont. Incumbent Republican Daines faces off Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in the last of three debates against his Democratic opponent, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, in a race that is among the GOP-held seats in states won by President Trump in 2016 that Democrats think they have a chance to flip in November. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino, File) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, clashed over the response to the pandemic and the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy in the last debate of Montana’s U.S. Senate race. Bullock accused Daines of stalling on a second federal coronavirus relief package. Bullock said he would not implement stricter measures to limit the spread of the virus, despite a high infection rate in the state, because there was no federal safety net for workers and businesses. The freshman senator rejected Bullock’s view that Americans must learn to live with the virus, instead hanging the solution to the rampant spread of the virus on therapeutic drugs and vaccinations, which he promised would be distributed free of charge once approved. The governor was praised for his swift response in the spring, which included a shutdown order that helped keep the virus at bay. But as the state reopened in early summer, the case tally began to climb. A record […]

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