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 Sieben BaucusOvernight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor Judge boots Green Party from Montana ballot in boost to Tester 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 TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterHow the border deal came together GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE (D-Mont.), in the primary.

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