Know Your Candidates: Matt Rosendale
MISSOULA, Mont. —
1. In your own words, what differentiates you from your opponents?
It’s simple: I’m running to represent our Montana values and work with President Trump to advance his agenda. Jon Tester has abandoned his Montana values and opposed President Trump’s agenda every step of the way. Tester supports amnesty and sanctuary cities, opposes building the wall, voted against lower taxes and bigger paychecks, opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, backed Obama’s Iran Deal, and voted to shut down the federal government – twice. Jon Tester may no longer be representing the people of Montana, but I always will. I would be honored to have your support this November and will always put Montana First.
2. Explain what you see as the most important issue facing the state.
We need to provide Montanans with access to affordable health care. I hear from Montanans across the state who have been completely burdened by Obamacare. When Jon Tester cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, he gave us skyrocketing premiums, unaffordable deductibles, and we’ve lost access to health care plans and doctors we were promised we could keep. We need to repeal and replace Obamacare and provide you with health care plans that fits your budget and personal needs – and mostly importantly, that you can actually afford. Lastly, I will always protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions.
3. How are you uniquely qualified to address that issue?
When my sister was just 17 years old, she lost her battle to cancer, and a few years ago, cancer took my brother’s life too. I’m all too aware of the impact cancer and other awful diseases have on people’s lives and I’ve heard far too many stories from folks who struggle to pay their healthcare bills but are terrified of losing coverage. This is personal to me and my promise to each and every one of you is that I will never stop fighting to expand access and bring more affordable health care to Montana families and small businesses, and I will always protect those Montanans with pre-existing conditions.
4. Should teachers and/or other school employees that are not law enforcement be armed?
This is a decision that needs to be made by the parents and teachers in these communities and we also need to make sure that our schools have access to more mental health resources to prevent these horrific tragedies from happening.
5. What can be done to prevent wildfires from becoming more catastrophic? Why?
We need to properly manage our forests. We have to stop these extreme environmentalists and their frivolous lawsuits that are keeping our timber industry shut down and preventing us from having healthier forests. We can't prevent every fire but we can take action to reduce fire risk and severity. Watching our forests burn every summer isn’t smart policy and I’ll fight to bring much needed reform for more state and local management.
6. Montana currently allows marijuana for medical use. What has shaped your position on the issue?
Yes, for medical purposes.
7. Under what circumstances would you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use?
This is a decision that needs to be made by the people of Montana.
8. Do you believe in climate change? Yes or No? What is the best course of action?
Of course, the climate is changing but I believe we can both develop our natural resources and protect our environment. Unlike, Jon Tester, I’m not going to jeopardize thousands of Montana jobs and give us higher electricity prices by supporting disastrous Obama-EPA environmental policies that will devastate our communities and Montana families.
9. Montana has one of the highest veteran’s population in the country. What will you do to help our veterans?
As the son and brother of U.S. Marines, I stand strongly with our veterans. It’s long past time we honor our promises this nation made to them. There is a tremendous lack of leadership and overbearing bureaucracy at the VA. I’m committed to cutting red tape, reducing wait times, and improving the delivery and access of health care to our veterans. I’ll fight each and every day to keep that promise.
10. The opioid epidemic continues to get worse. What needs to be done to stop this troubling problem?
We must secure our borders. Drugs are pouring into our country and ripping our communities apart because of illegal immigration. It’s incomprehensible that Jon Tester would oppose President Trump’s border wall, protect sanctuary cities, and support catch and release. Let me be very clear: We’re going to enforce our laws, deport criminals, end sanctuary cites, and build that wall. We need to put an end to the drugs, crime, and violence that’s taking place across the nation.
11. Many Montanans don’t have health insurance. Should anything be done about this? Is expanding Medicaid the answer?
There are too many Montanans who simply can’t afford health insurance and it’s because Jon Tester cast the deciding vote for Obamacare and gave us these double digit premium increases. It’s been a complete disaster. We need to repeal and replace Obamacare. I’ll continue working to expand access and reduce health care costs because we must provide more affordable options and better care to all Montanans while also protecting those with pre-existing conditions.
12. Should affordable housing be a priority for our state, and is it?
We need to make sure we’re protecting and creating more high-paying jobs for all Montanans in all sectors of the economy. That’s why I support President Trump’s America First agenda. For example, just look at the tax cuts. It’s put more money in the pockets of Montana workers and families. Unlike Senator Tester, I believe it’s a good thing when you can keep more of your hard-earned money. That’s a win for Montanans.
13. Why is today’s political climate so toxic? What would you tell your fellow lawmakers?
We’ve all seen the problems of government. Politicians not representing us. They get swept up in the power and lose sight of serving the people. They worry about their next election instead of the next generation. That’s why if I’m elected, I’ll only serve two terms. The people of Montana believe in term limits, taking care of business, and coming home – and so do I.
14. What is an example of a policy or issue you have changed your view on in the last 20 years?
As I’ve watched politicians like Jon Tester go to Washington, abandon our Montana values, and embrace the lifestyle of Washington D.C., it has reinforced why we need term limits to ensure our elected officials are held accountable, serve the people, take care of business, and come home.
15. What question do you wish someone would ask you and why?
Who has the better flat-top: Matt Rosendale or Jon Tester?
16. Under what circumstances would you lie?
Never – because that’s not the Montana way. That’s why I was so appalled when Jon Tester lied about Admiral Ronny Jackson, making anonymous unsubstantiated allegations without even offering a single shred of evidence. Then he lied again when he failed to meet with the President’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and falsely blamed the White House for canceling the meeting – when that wasn’t true at all.
17. If you could invite three people over to dinner. Who and why?
Eisenhower – Led us to victory in WW II
Lincoln – Restored the Republic.
Washington – Founding Father. Commanded the Continental Army. First President.
18. Who is your political hero? Why?
President Eisenhower – Five-Star General, led the Allied invasions of North Africa, France, and Germany during WW II. President of the United States.
19. What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
Always put God First in your life.
20. Who do you cheer the loudest for? Grizz, Bobcats, or someone else?