Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement that state auditor and rancher Matt Rosendale has proven himself a “champion of limited government.”
State auditor and rancher Matt Rosendale hopes to secure the Montana Senate Republican primary on Tuesday, June 5, and defeat Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in the general election in the fall.
Sen. Paul explained why he endorsed Rosendale in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, saying:
Matt Rosendale is the type of fearless defender of liberty I want fighting by my side in the US Senate. We need more lovers of liberty in the Senate. Matt has proven himself a bold defender of our constitutional rights and a champion of limited government. The people of Montana would be well served by sending Matt Rosendale to Washington!
Rosendale remains the sole Montana Republican primary candidate who has had current members of the U.S. Senate endorse his campaign. More than 30 Montana-elected officials have also endorsed Rosendale.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-UT) have also endorsed Rosendale for the Montana Republican primary.
Cruz wrote an op-ed in the Flathead Beacon in May that we need “strong leaders like Matt Rosendale” who will defend the Constitution.
Lee said in a statement in December, “I’m thrilled to endorse Matt Rosendale for Senate. Matt’s a true Montana conservative. We need his courage, his leadership, and his no-nonsense approach now more than ever in the Senate.”
Rosendale scolded Sen. Tester in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Saturday, saying that “Jon Tester’s only campaign strategy is to deny” the “president’s agenda is working.”
Breitbart News reported that one of Rosendale’s primary opponents, Russell Fagg, supports an Internet sales tax as well as a coal tax.
Rosendale criticized Fagg on Breitbart News Saturday, contending that “the people of Montana understand that you will never be able to take enough money from them and give it to the government to quench that thirst. The government will always spend more money. People understand that they can spend their money better than the government can.”
Russell Fagg admitted to plagiarizing while on the Montana Law Review in 1984, which prompted him to resign.
Matt Rosendale leads by roughly double digits in the Montana Senate Republican primary, according to recent polls. Forty-nine percent of state Republican primary voters believe that Rosendale is “very conservative.”
The Montana Republican told Breitbart News Saturday that regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, we “have to fund it properly and put the interests of Montanans and the people of this nation before illegal immigrants.”
“We cannot have this porous border, where people come in and out; we don’t know who they are,” Rosendale added.