State Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, stopped in Terry Monday evening
during his statewide campaign meet and greet tour where he has been introducing himself to voters for his bid for the U.S. House.
Since his mid-October announcement for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat, State Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive told a gathering of about 20 Prairie County residents that his statewide campaign tour has taken him from Eureka to Ekalaka.
The meet and greet stops have given the 53 year-old Rosendale, a rancher and real estate developer from Glendive, an opportunity to outline his viewpoints on federal policies and introduce himself to voters, who outside of Eastern Montana, may find him an unknown entity.
Pointing to 60 state legislators that have endorsed his candidacy, Rosendale said his time at the state Capitol — one term in the Montana House in 2011 and one session in the state Senate in 2013 — provide voters with a record of his stance on issues.
“They know I’m going to serve the way I campaign,” Rosendale said, pointing to his consistently conservative voting record.
Primary problems Rosendale sees encumbering Washington D.C. can be narrowed to three issues — debt and deficit of over 17 trillion, lack of oversight of departments and agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Wildlife Services and the mismanagement of federal lands.
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In a race that includes four other Republican candidates, Rosendale declined to call the race crowded, saying rather, “It’s full.”
“I don’t take any of my opponents for granted,” he said, emphasizing the need to look at voting records, one that he said will illustrate his pro property, gun rights and resource development stance.
During his talk he criticized the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
“This thing is crashing in around us,” he said. “How many industries we will bail out before we say that’s not what America is about?”
Rosendale, a Md., native, moved to Montana with his wife Jean in 2002. The couple have three grown children.
Rosendale is running for the U.S. Hose seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is expected to run for the Senate.
Published February 12, 2014