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Daines and Bohlinger Run For Senate

Two new candidates made their announcements they will be running for Montana's U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 election.

Former Republican Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger made his announcement to run for the senate last night in Helena, as a democrat.

Current Congressman Steve Daines announced his run on Wednesday in Bozeman.

The Bozeman Holiday Inn was packed on Wednesday as supporters of current Representative Steve Daines announced he will run for the U.S. Senate.

"It's clear that we have a government that is not working and it needs significant problem solving skills back there," said Daines.

Daines was elected in the U.S. House last November. Daines was born and raised in Bozeman,  graduated from Montana State University and previously was employed as an engineer at Right Now Technologies.

During his speech on Wednesday, Daines addressed how government needs to have less involvement in our daily lives.

"We're going to be talking about more jobs and less government and the importance of growing this economy," said Daines. "When we grow the economy, we grow more tax revenues to close the debt and deficient in this country, but also we need less government."

He believes Obamacare should be repealed because Montanans don't want it and our country can't afford it.

"I'm hearing hundreds and hundreds of Montanans stories about the consequences of this bad law," said Daines.

One of Daines opponents is John Bohlinger. Bohlinger is a Marine Corps veteran, a businessman, a two-term Senator and a two-term Lieutenant Governor.

He also previously ran as Lieutenant under Governor Schweitzer, as a republican. Now, he has switched to the other side of the isle and is running as a democrat.

"I want to be a part of a party that is going to work towards building that middle class," said Bohlinger. "I will focus my efforts on, creating jobs and opportunity."

Bohlinger said the recent government shutdown really pushed him to run for the Senate. He blames the republican tea party especially his opponent Daines.

"He was wrong when he voted to shutdown the government. That was a huge mistake. It was an expense that was felt all over the country all over our state," said Bohlinger.

Bohlinger said compared to his democratic competition in the race he has to government experience that Montana needs.

Daines said our country is facing many problems and he is looking forward to finding solutions to them.

Other democrats in the race are current Lieutenant Governor John Walsh and Dirk Adams of Wilsall.

The primary election on June 3 will determine which democratic candidate will advance to the general election in November.

The race for Montana's U.S. Senate seat is expected to be one of the nation's high-profile contests as republicans try to win control of the senate from democrats, who hold a 55 to 45 majority.

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