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Top Montana Democrat on Obama, “He’ll Go Down as One of Our Poorest Leaders” [Audio]

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The race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat has been confusing. First, Max Baucus stepped down to become the U.S. Ambassador to China, then interim Senator John Walsh withdrew his candidacy after a plagiarism scandal, now, the system is in a free-for-all as democrats prepare to nominate a new candidate to run in Walsh’s stead on August 16.

By many counts, former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger is a likely nominee. During the most recent senatorial primary race, Bohlinger took second, losing only to Walsh. Bohlinger is also the most recognizable name of the short list of candidates that have declared that they are interested in running for the seat, a list that includes local political names like Dave Wanzenried and Franke Wilmer, as well as first time candidate Dirk Adams.

The race is unlikely to be easy as whomever the candidate is will only have a few months to create a campaign, furthermore, polls show that a majority of Montanans have an unfavorable opinion of current president (and Democrat) Barack Obama.

In a recent interview with KGVO News, Bohlinger was asked to distinguish himself from both Steve Daines and from the Obama administration. Bohlinger took on both politicians by talking about medicare and medicaid, but perhaps the toughest words were reserved for the president.

“He’ll go down as one of our poorest leaders,” Bohlinger said, adding that he did like one thing that had happened under the Obama administration, namely medicaid expansion.

The full response can be found in the clip below.

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