Daines, Bullock Trade Barbs Over Coronavirus Response, Supreme Court In Second Debate

Daines, Bullock Trade Barbs Over Coronavirus Response, Supreme Court In Second Debate

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines face off during a MontanaPBS debate on Sept. 28, 2020. Candidates for one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats faced off Monday night in a debate hosted by MontanaPBS. The candidates traded barbs over how to approach a range of timely issues, including the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, health care and coronavirus response. Incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and current Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock began the debate sparring over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Falling in line with the Republican caucus, Daines said it’s his constitutional duty to consider President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. He says a robust second amendment could ride on her confirmation. “We’ve got to have justices that understand they can’t threaten our way of life here in Montana," Daines said. Daines said it’s vital to confirm a justice who will interpret laws, not try to make them. Echoing congressional Democrats, Bullock has said the Senate should wait until after the January inauguration to fill Ginsburg’s seat. He criticized Daines for not following the precedent set in 2016 when Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee nearly nine months before the election. “This year he’s completely flip flopped on that. So we have to do what we can to take politics out of the Supreme Court," Bullock said. Bullock suggested the Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court will consider in November, could […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.