Bullock: I've done more to ensure 'elections are decided by people, not corporations' than any other 2020 Democrat

Bullock: I've done more to ensure 'elections are decided by people, not corporations' than any other 2020 Democrat
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Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockNew poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Partisan divisions sharpen as independent voters fade MORE (D), a 2020 presidential hopeful, said Sunday he has done more than any candidate to “make sure that elections are decided by people.”

“I was [state] attorney general when the Citizens United decision came up and I’ve done more to try to make sure that elections are decided by people not corporations than anybody else in this field,” Bullock said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when he was asked to describe the defining issue of his campaign, also noting anti-“dark money” legislation he collaborated on with a Republican legislature.


“Fundamentally, we’ve got to get the economy working for all of us not just the Donald Trumps of the world and we have to make sure that people believe that their vote and their voice matters.”

Bullock also dismissed the idea that time was running out to break through in the field, noting that then-Arkansas Gov. Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMost voters say there is too much turnover in Trump administration RNC spokeswoman on 2020 GOP primary cancellations: 'This is not abnormal' Booker dismisses early surveys: 'If you're polling ahead right now, you should worry' MORE did not enter the Democratic presidential field until October of 1991.

"We'll continue to both listen to folks and also travel. Like this week I'm going all throughout rural Iowa and you'll look at a third of the counties in Iowa voted for Obama twice and then Trump,” Bullock said, arguing that his position as a Democrat who had won a statewide election in a state that went for Trump made him uniquely positioned as well.

“He took Montana by 21 points. I won by four. So I think that I have something meaningful to offer to this,” Bullock said.

Bullock’s campaign has criticized the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for a rule that would tighten eligibility after the first three debates, altering the necessary qualifications from either a polling or fundraising threshold to both.

“I hope that the DNC will play fair by everyone in the field because that's their role is to facilitate the voter’s options, not to try to limit it,” Bullock said on Sunday, noting that the DNC had announced they would not count one poll that showed him the required 1 percent support.

--This report was updated at 11:43 a.m.