Sen. Rosendale wins straw poll
Hundreds of Republican voters gathered at Montana State University for the first debate of 2014 among candidates vying for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The debate was hosted by the Montana State University College Republicans.
In a post-debate straw poll, the first major straw poll of the election, Matt Rosendale won with 51 percent of the vote, according to a press release Rosendale’s campaign.
“I believe tonight shows that the people of Montana are looking for a citizen representative, not a career politician. Montanans want someone who will have the backbone to defend our conservative values and reign in out-of-control government spending so we can get our economy back on track by allowing the private sector to create the jobs we so desperately need,” Matt Rosendale said.
During the debate, Rosendale focused largely on over-regulation and government intrusion into our lives through agencies like the NSA.
“Benjamin Franklin said it best: Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” said Rosendale. “We have to take a stand against an intrusive, ever-growing federal government and say we have had enough.”
The straw poll is the first indicator in the GOP race for the congressional seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines.