GREAT FALLS – U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona stopped in Montana to drum up support for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg’s senate campaign.
McCain is traveling with Rehberg talking about jobs and concerns over defense budget cuts.
McCain said it will be a close campaign. “Whether Republicans can regain control of the Senate probably is largely decided and dependent on this race,” he said.
McCain says Rehberg is the right choice for Montana because he is fiscally conservative, and Congress needs to reign in spending.
Today, Sen. Jon Tester’s campaign bought a full page in the newspaper listing differences between McCain and Rehberg.
The ad talks about Senator McCain’s stance on campaign finance and features an old quote where he said, “Citizens United is the worst decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Rehberg is then quoted saying, “Citizens United was the right decision.”
Montanans for Tester spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff says, “We’re asking Congressman Rehberg why he refuses to stand with Montana on this important issue.”
Rehberg said, “I’m talking about Great Falls jobs, he is talking about his job about politics and campaign finance and I don’t think that’s appropriate at this time. We have some real serious things to deal with and that is seeing that we have a solid economy and trying to put people back to work in Montana.”
Rehberg said he wants campaign finance laws tightened by requiring campaign contributions to be published online within 24 hours of the donation.
Tester’s campaign points out Rehberg is bankrolled by numerous special interest groups.
Both campaigns have large amount of third party contributions coming in, though so far Tester has raised more money.
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