State Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, kicked off his campaign for the U.S. House on Tuesday by criticizing the federal government’s invasion of civil liberties, its takeover of health care and the soaring national debt.
“I’m witnessing the problems that the federal government is passing down in terms of drones, in violation of our civil liberties, spying on our citizens, death panels in the form of the government taking over the health care system and the national debt they’re just saddling our grandchildren with,” Rosendale said in an interview.
He called for restoring principled leadership to stop the federal government from reading people’s emails and listening to their telephone conversations and stopping drones from spying on Americans.
Rosendale called for defunding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He said, “Republicans in the House are on the right path.”
He called the $17 trillion federal debt “just absolutely disgraceful” and one that is being passed on to people’s grandchildren. He advocates a federal constitution amendment to require a balanced federal budget.
“If it’s good enough for the state of Montana, I think it’s good enough for the nation,” Rosendale said.
He will formally declare his candidacy tonight at Makoshika State Park near Glendive and will visit other major Montana cities later this week.
Rosendale, 53, is a rancher and real estate developer who served one term in the Montana House in 2011 and one session in the state Senate in 2013.
He is one of five Republicans expected to run for the state’s lone House seat, which U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is expected to forgo to run for the Senate. John Lewis of Helena is the lone Democratic candidate.