Daines Gets Speaking Role at GOP Convention

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Republican congressional candidate Steve Daines of Bozeman says he has a speaking role at the Republican National Convention next week.

Daines is running to replace U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is vacating the office to challenge U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that Daines will speak Monday afternoon at the convention in Tampa, Fla.

Daines faces Democratic state Sen. Kim Gillan of Billings. Gillan criticized Daines earlier this week for not strongly condemning the controversial remarks made by a Missouri U.S. Senate candidate about abortion and rape. Daines responded Wednesday by making it clear he finds the remarks offensive.

Daines opposes abortion except when a mother’s life is at risk, while Gillan supports legalized abortion.