On the ABC News web program, “Topline,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., addresses the imminent announcement by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., that he will challenge Tester for his seat next year. Tester criticized Rehberg for planning to make his announcement with Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.:
“I look forward to comparing records and talking about how we move this country forward, move rural America forward and being all we can be. But it’s kind of interesting the way his campaign has started out. He’s going to bring Michele Bachmann to Montana — that’s who he’ll be standing beside when he announces.”
“And quite frankly, I’ve got a very, very strong record on veterans, because I think we’ve got to live up to the promises we made veterans in this country. She’s just come out with a proposal to put draconian cuts on the VA. And so it’s going to be interesting if that’s the kind of campaign we’re going to have, where he’s talking about cutting the benefits for the people who served this country, many of who are severely disabled. It’s going to be an interesting campaign.”
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