MISSOULA, Mont. — National attention is already on Montana’s general election race between incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and his challenger Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.
Less than 24 hours after Tuesday’s primary election, Sen. Daines formally invited Gov. Bullock to participate in four debates before November’s general election. The letter from Daines’ campaign manager Shane Scanlon offered congratulations on the primary win and said, “The 2020 election will be the most pivotal election of our lifetime and it’s absolutely critical that voters understand where each candidate stands on the most pressing issues facing Montanans and how we can best protect our way of life.”
Bullock’s campaign responded, with campaign manager Megan Simpson accepting the invitation for future debate, but didn't agree to a specific number of debates. She also addressed how to move forward while Montana is still in the reopening phase from COVID-19 closures. Simpson says, “As Montana remains under social distancing guidelines and adheres to large gathering limits, it is important to pursue a debate timetable and format that takes Montanans’ safety into account.”
There are no official dates set, but the ball is now rolling on making plans for these two candidates to officially square off in some form. Stay with NBC Montana as we wait for more information in the coming weeks.
You can see both letters here: