Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (D) announced his Senate campaign this week by comparing House Republicans to the Taliban.

"We need to challenge the Tea Party representatives who, like the Taliban, shut our country down," Bohlinger told reporters, according to the Billings Gazette, comparing the shutdown to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Bohlinger, who served as a Republican alongside Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), completed his party switch to run for retiring Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusHealthcare profiles in courage and cowardice OPINION | On Trump-Russia probe, don’t underestimate Sen. Chuck Grassley Lawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone MORE's (D-Mont.) open seat. He'll face Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D), the favorite of national Democrats who has the endorsement of Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterGOP Senator forces Dems to vote on single payer Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 'Kate's Law' battle shifts to the Senate, testing Dems MORE (D-Mont.), in the primary.

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) officially announced his Senate campaign on Wednesday.