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Former Vice President Joe Biden energizes Democrats at sold-out event in Helena


On a night meant to energize Democrats around the state of Montana, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a sold-out crowd about 1,300 people at the 40th annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena.

Biden took the stage late Saturday night, calling U.S. Sen. Jon Tester an authentic person and "a guy who looks like he can lift an ox out of a ditch."
The event is the main Democratic gathering and fundraiser each year and was broadcast to the party's central committees around the state, executive director Nancy Keenan said.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock told the crowd Democrats have a "heck of a lot to celebrate," but said Republicans in the state Legislature are "acting more and more like Republicans in D.C." He called on voters to flip the GOP-dominated body and show up for Tester in November. He also told attendees it was important to vote out U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

Good for Biden to get MT revved up! Jon Tester has been a good Senator for MT! There are some excellent Dems vying in the primary to go against Gianforte! I like Kathleen Williams but can't vote in MT as I'm no longer a resident. But two of my younger sisters are supporting John Heenan as they know him personally.

Gov Bullock will be termed out in 2020, which could make him an ideal Dem candidate to run against Daines (R) in the Senate. Bullock has already won two statewide elections, even when most of the state voted red for other candidates.

But MT also needs to turn the state legislature blue. Hopefully the DNC and top national Dems - as in the Howard Dean era - will step up there as well.

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