Bullock Thinks… And Thinks… Before Naming Accomplishments


The latest presidential candidate to throw his hat into the Democratic primary stumbled when asked for his proudest accomplishment as governor.

Gov. Steve Bullock (D., Mont.) announced his bid for president earlier Tuesday. He seeks to defeat President Donald Trump.

Speaking in his childhood school in Montana Tuesday, Bullock fumbled his way through a question certain to reappear on the trail.

"What have you been proudest to achieve as governor," a reporter asked.

Standing against a backdrop of science posters and a whiteboard, the governor took four seconds to look down and gather his thoughts.

"Um," he began before pausing four more seconds.

"I am," he said, pausing another few seconds.

"Happy that," he continued, pausing again.

"Hopefully my kids still know my most important job is being their dad," he finally said.

Bullock won reelection in 2016 in an election in which Trump carried the state by 20 points.

"I think the things where, you know, as governor," he began, beginning to pick up the pace.

"It's not like attorney general, where you know you've won or lost a case. Sometimes you won't have impacts for years," he said.

Bullock has served as Montana's governor since 2013. He seeks the presidency as his term limit as governor rapidly approaches.

He then went on to list a few policy accomplishments.

"I know that 100,000 people in Montana have healthcare because of the work that we've done," he said "I know that we've done more—to the earlier question—to keep the outside influence of dollars out of our elections so that your voice matters as long as you vote."

Bullock currently trails former Vice President Joe Biden, who holds a commanding lead over the crowded field.

"Look, to be honest, I never thought I'd be running for president," he says in his announcement video. The 54 percent of Democrats who have never heard of him likely feel the same.

Mikhael Smits

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Mikhael Smits is a Public Interest Fellow and Media Analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. He's interested in law, security policy, and today's outrage. Reach him on Twitter @mikhaelsmits or smits@freebeacon.com.

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