Tester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week'

Tester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week'
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Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt VA chief pressed on efforts to prevent veteran suicides Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (Mont.) said Sunday that he will be endorsing a 2020 presidential candidate in "the next week."

"So the bottom line is that whoever comes out of this 24 or 25 people who are running for president needs to be able to connect with rural America, and you do that by applying common sense," Tester said on CBS's "Face The Nation," referring to the large Democratic field.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Tester if he would endorse his home-state governor, Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate Biden has a lot at stake in first debate MORE, for president in the Democratic primary.

"I’m going to be endorsing," he said. "I'll tell you this, Margaret: It’s going to happen in the next week." 

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Tester, considered a moderate lawmaker, would be a key endorsement for the many Democratic hopefuls trying to pitch themselves as someone who can connect to Midwestern voters.

Bullock, meanwhile, was one of only three Democrats to win gubernatorial races in states that voted for Trump in 2016.

He won 75,000 more votes that year than Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE, who lost to Trump by 20 points in Montana.