Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Announces Presidential Bid Right After Vetoing Bill to Stop Infanticide

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 14, 2019   |   11:13AM   |   Washington, DC

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock today announced he is seeking the Democrat nomination for president — becoming one of bout two dozens major candidates seeking the right to take on President Donald Trump, who has governed pro-life.

Bullock announced his campaign just days after he used his veto power to block legislation to protect newborn babies from infanticide.

“I believe in an America where every child has a fair shot to do better than their parents. But we all know that kind of opportunity no longer exists for most people; for far too many, it never has,” Bullock says in his announcement video. “We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.”

He became the third governor in the race but Bullock is the only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. And that’s an important part of what he is telling Democrats — that he can somehow appeal to Republican voters even though he supports infanticide.

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But he may be upsetting Democrats by not running next year against the state’s pro-life senator.

Bullock had reportedly been mulling the run for quite some time before deciding to enter the race, and he’ll officially launch his campaign today with a rally at a high school in Montana before making his way to Iowa for a series of campaign stops.

According to Morning Consult data from the first quarter of 2019, Bullock is among the 15 most popular governors in the country, and one of the top Democrats to make the list (13 out of the top 15 most popular governors are Republicans; the other Democrat is Delaware governor John Carney). But that fact makes Bullock’s decision to run for president a bit more puzzling.

In a field of 23 candidates, where Biden continues to lead the pack by double digits in many polls, it’s hard to imagine the Montana governor will have an easy time making an impression on primary voters. But it’s much easier to imagine Bullock putting up a decent fight against Republican senator Steve Daines, who is up for re-election in 2020.

Just last week Bullock vetoed a bill to stop infanticide,  state Senate Bill 354, saying the legislation has “little to do with the health of infants or women,” Politico reports. The Montana Born-Alive Infants Protection Act requires that babies who survive abortions be provided with the same medical care as any other infant born at that stage of development.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed Bullock’s abortion extremism in a statement.

“Once again Governor Bullock sides with abortion extremists, going so far as to veto compassionate, popular legislation designed to provide care for children who survive failed abortions,” Dannenfelser said. “Governor Bullock is no moderate when it comes to abortion, and we’re exposing his extremist record to the voters.”

Her organization also announced a $200,000 ad campaign to expose Bullock’s extremism.

it’s not the first time Bullock has vetoed pro-life bills. He also vetoed a maesure to ban late-term abortions.

Marissa Perry, press secretary for the governor, previously told Rewire that Bullock “strongly believes a woman’s medical decision should stay between herself, her doctor, her family, and her faith.” She also pointed to Bullock’s record of vetoing pro-life bills.

Earlier this spring, North Carolina and Wisconsin Govs. Roy Cooper vetoed and Tony Evers threatened to veto similar legislation in their states.

Meanwhile, nationwide polling released by SBA List found that 77 percent of voters, including 70 percent of Democrats, support legislation to ensure that a baby who survives a failed abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely at the same age (55 percent strongly support).

Currently, 19 states do not have laws requiring medical care for babies born alive after botched abortions, according to research by Americans United for Life.

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Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the personal testimonies of nurses and abortion survivors themselves, indicate that babies do sometimes survive abortions.

According to data from the CDC, at least 143 babies were born alive after botched abortions between 2003 and 2014 in the U.S., though there may be more. Research by the American Center for Law and Justice estimated the number was 362 between 2001 and 2010.