Celebrated Veteran Senator Jim Webb praises Tester in Helena

Washington Post

At a restaurant in north-central Montana, Sen. James Webb looked out at about 150 supporters of his best friend on Capitol Hill and acknowledged how rare it was to be out on the road, particularly in faraway Great Falls.

“You don’t come up to this part of the United States on your way to anywhere else,” Webb joked Monday night, drawing laughter from the crowd.

He focused his remarks on his bond with Sen. Jon Tester, which was forged shortly after the two Democrats narrowly won their 2006 Senate races. “I told Jon that I would do anything I could to make sure he remains in the United States Senate,” Webb said.

In Great Falls, Webb thanked the veterans in the crowd for their service, relating stories about growing up an Air Force brat.

On Tuesday morning, Webb attended a veterans event in Great Falls with Tester, then drove to Helena, where he headlined a rally outside the state Capitol. Afterward, a couple dozen Montanans came up to meet Webb, who is nowhere near the back-slapping pol that Tester is. As each person greeted Webb, he gave a simple response: “I appreciate you being here.”

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