Clear Victory: Montana’s Jon Tester Defeats Maryland Matt Rosendale in Montana Senate Debate

Missoula—Senator and farmer Jon Tester had a decisive victory at the first debate of the 2018 Montana election for Senate.

Rosendale was exposed as a hypocritical real estate developer who doesn’t share our Montana values and is only looking out for himself.

Tester called out Rosendale’s behavior rubber stamping 23 percent rate increases on Montanans. He called out the dark money propping up Rosendale’s campaign. And he called out Matt Rosendale for bringing the swamp from Maryland to Montana.

KEY MOMENT: Rosendale is the Swamp


Tester also highlighted his strong record of standing up for Montana’s veterans and public lands, while Matt Rosendale supported transferring public lands to the state—the first step toward privatizing them—and has consistently voted against our veterans.

“The only thing clearer than Jon’s victory tonight is the contrast between these two candidates,” said Christie Roberts, campaign manager for Montanans for Tester. “Jon is looking out for Montana. Insurance Commissioner Rosendale is looking out for himself. Jon is a third generation Montana farmer who fights relentlessly in the Senate to protect Montanans with preexisting conditions, Social Security, our public lands, and get our veterans the care they’ve earned. Maryland Matt Rosendale came from the swamp and it shows. He had no answers for his positions against our veterans, against Montanans with preexisting conditions, and against our Montana way of life.”