Public Lands rally

Gov. Steve Bullock rallies the over 1,000 person crowd during the Public Lands Rally on Jan. 30, 2017, in the Capitol Rotunda.

Politico says Bullock is going to campaign for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

"Since I was a young lawyer at the Montana Attorney General's Office in my twenties, Tom Miller has been a hero of mine," Bullock said in an emailed statement Wednesday. "During his time as attorney general, he fought to make the consumer protection powers of the office meaningful and he is the reason why, when I was attorney general, one of my focuses was agriculture. I'm fortunate to count Tom as a good friend and am excited to go to Iowa and help him get re-elected."

Iowa is an important state in presidential races — of which it's rumored Bullock may be a part in 2020 — because since 1972 it has been the site of first presidential caucuses for the Democratic Party.

Bullock's name has been thrown around as a possible Democratic presidential nominee in 2020, with national reports like the one in Politico pointing out his re-election victory as a Democrat in 2016 in a state Trump won by 20 points.

In that election, Montana Democrats also saw their hold on statewide elected offices — the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and state auditor — drop from four of the five seats to keeping just one, Bullock's.

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What's also unmentioned in many of the national reports on Bullock is how Montana's state budget woes, including massive cuts to state agencies after a special session called by the governor in November, would affect his political future. 

Bullock has yet to indicate one way or the other about a presidential bid. In an interview earlier this month, he hinted he didn't want to run against U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, in 2020.

In January, Bullock announced he was forming a PAC to to allow him to travel and be a larger part of the national political conversation. Politico reported Monday the PAC has raised about $500,000, according to the most recent filings.

When he formed the PAC, Bullock said it was to advance his progressive agenda and pointed to accomplishments in Montana, such as passing Medicaid expansion with a Republican-dominated Legislature. He said he wanted to share Montana's story across the country.

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