Sanders stumps for Quist in Montana

Sanders stumps for Quist in Montana

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFilibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (I-Vt.) hit the campaign trail in Montana this weekend, using his populist rhetoric to fire up voters before the May 25 special House election.

Stumping for Democrat Rob Quist, Sanders turned to many of the talking points from his own presidential campaign at a Sunday rally in Bozeman, Mont.

“Montana, you are about to make history,” Sanders said to applause. “This is not a focus-group guy. This is a man of the people.”

Sanders blasted the House legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare and praised Quist for fundraising through small contributions from working people, rather than from millionaires and billionaires.


“And what he has done in the last couple of months is extraordinary. It may be literally unprecedented,” Sanders said.

The speech was one of several this weekend as Sanders travels the state in the final days before the special election, which Democrats hope will serve as a referendum of President Trump’s first few months in office.

Quist on Thursday will face off against Republican Greg Gianforte for Montana’s lone congressional seat, which was vacated by Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) when he departed Congress to become Trump’s secretary of the Interior.

Quist, a folk singer, said the senator has been “a great inspiration” to him. 

“I have the great honor of introducing someone who is proving that you can stand up to the big corporate interests in this country and do a grassroots movement and involve the people,” Quist told the crowd. “People, this is one of our champions. And he has been a great inspiration for me.”

Sanders, who endorsed Quist in April, was scheduled to campaign at four rallies across the state of Montana this weekend.