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Miller: Bullock is a proven leader

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for president, speaks at a Friday, May 17, 2019, campaign event at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House in Newton, Iowa. To his right is Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who has endorsed Bullock. ( Photo by Erin Murphy/Gazette Des Moines Bureau)
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for president, speaks at a Friday, May 17, 2019, campaign event at Uncle Nancy's Coffee House in Newton, Iowa. To his right is Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who has endorsed Bullock. ( Photo by Erin Murphy/Gazette Des Moines Bureau)

Caucus season is once again upon us, and I, along with Iowans across the state, take our role as presidential pokers and prodders with the seriousness it deserves.

While each caucus cycle is unique, the choice we face is always a difficult one. Particularly, the 2008 caucus had a terrific slate of candidates to choose from, and the decision on whom to endorse wasn’t one I took lightly.

After considering the field, I was proud to stand beside then-Sen. Barack Obama on his very first trip to Iowa and endorse his campaign. He wasn’t polling high at the time, and few thought he had a real shot at being our next president, but I knew he was the person who could lead our country out of economic ruin and create a better, more prosperous America.

This cycle, I find myself making a similar choice as the one I did 12 years ago. While many might not know him yet, the person I’m thrilled to stand behind this election is someone I’ve known for over a decade. He’s someone with unshakable character, intelligence, and always does what’s right, no matter what the political costs.

I’m proud to endorse Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

As the twice-elected leader of a rural state Trump won by 20 points in 2016, Gov. Bullock has exemplified the quality of leadership our country needs. More than that, the challenges of our time call for with the proven ability to bring Americans together — Republican, independent, and Democrat alike — to get things done.

That’s exactly what Bullock has done throughout his entire career.

Without sacrificing his progressive virtues, he’s led by reaching out to every community, brought Republicans and Democrats together to pass Democratic priorities, and worked to restore the quality of government that truly works for the people, not corporations or Big Money interests.

Facing many of the same issues in Montana that we struggle with today, Bullock worked with a legislature more Republican than Iowa’s to expand Medicaid twice, funded mental health and opioid treatment, passed major investments in infrastructure and land preservation, and enacted some of the strongest campaign finance reforms in the country.

He was able to do all of this, because first and foremost he shows up everywhere and listens.

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Gov. Bullock’s proven he can reject divisive politics and bring folks together. He’s a proud progressive who every Democrat can rally behind. And, he has the executive experience and proven leadership to carry our country out of this time of uncertainty, and create an American that lifts up everyone.

I’m not asking you to caucus for Bullock — I know Iowans better than that. What I’d encourage is to take a hard look at his qualities, learn about the progressive things he’s been able to accomplish in Montana, and hear his vision for our country.

I truly believe that Gov. Bullock is the person we need to get our country back on course, and will unite us together to ensure that every American can have a fair shot at success.

• Tom Miller is attorney general of Iowa.

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