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is Tester testing the waters?

Michael Ahrens - May 15, 2018

If you look at his voting record, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) seems like he’s more focused on 2020 than 2018.

According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis, Tester opposes President Trump more than you’d expect any senator to, based on how Trump performed in the senator’s state in 2016.

But if you look at his TV ads, Tester wants Montana voters to think he’s Trump’s best friend. Tester’s made 13 pieces of legislation that both he and Trump have supported a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. His first TV ad was literally called “13 Bills”…

As it turns out, these 13 pieces of legislation are hardly profiles in courage for one of the most vulnerable red state Democrats. With the exception of two of the bills, every single U.S. senator has also voted yes. Chuck Schumer himself could be running this exact same TV ad, since he voted the same way as Tester did on all 13:

Even the far-left HuffPost has taken note, detailing how liberal Tester’s voting record has become.

The Bottom Line: Tester’s pitch as a moderate Democrat who “doesn’t hesitate to take on his own party” is a farce. And the fact that he can’t find any actual examples of breaking with his party to work with President Trump backs that up.

Montana voters are catching on, too. A recent Axios/SurveyMonkey poll showed Tester down 13% – more than any other red state Democrat.

 


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