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Democratic US Senate Candidates Speak at Forum

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The Yellowstone County Democratic Club brought together the Democratic US Senate candidates to speak. But one candidate, who was scheduled to be there, didn't show up.

Lt. Gov. John Walsh sent an email with his regrets. The other two candidates, John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams, explained why they're running and the issues they're championing.

In his speech, Adams also criticized Walsh for not attending. He said, "We are getting shown who one of these candidates is because the money is more important than the people for one of us."

Bohlinger announced Tuesday he would reconsider his campaign if Walsh is appointed to serve out the rest of Senator Max Baucus' term, if Baucus is confirmed as the ambassador to China. Bohlinger said the position would also give Walsh the name recognition and power of an incumbent.

"If you run against an incumbent, the incumbent has an incredible ability to raise money and unfortunately money plays a significant role in the outcome of elections," Bohlinger said. "So I would have to reconsider my campaign effort."

But Adams encouraged Bohlinger to stay in the race. Adams also talked about women's issues and climate change, including opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and creating jobs in other areas.

"I think those are both very important issues to the state and to the nation and I think they require strong leadership and I think I can provide that kind of leadership," Adams said.

Bohlinger also has a list of goals he wants to accomplish if he's elected.

"I've got a full agenda of things I want to deal with, you know, campaign finance reform, social security, minimum wage, privacy rights. I can get those things done in 6 years," he said.

The midterm elections are in November.

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