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  •  A candidate who makes sense on the issues (8+ / 0-)

    and can win in all parts of the country is what I look for in a nominee.

    Schweitzer tells Supreme Court where to put Citizens United

    Schweitzer opposed the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan

    He offered a blistering condemnation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He slammed President George W. Bush and fellow “neo-cons” for leading young men and women into unnecessary armed conflicts.

    “We should have never been there, I’m glad we’re gone, and you can thank (President) Barack Obama for getting out of that damn war,” Schweitzer said of the Iraq conflict.

    The governor said that when Montana soldiers killed in action return home for proper burial, he aids the families all he can, but his emotional support is tainted.

    “I’ve met with the families … of these people who’ve returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and I wish to God I could say those words politicians love to say to mothers and fathers,” Schweitzer said.

    “I wish I could say to them, ‘Your son, your son died making this country free.’ I wish I could say to them, ‘The flag is safe today because your son died in Iraq or Afghanistan.’

    “But I don’t say those words, because I don’t believe those words.”

    Instead, Schweitzer told delegates he offers grieving mothers and fathers his personal cell phone number and some consolation.

    “Instead I tell them, ‘I don’t know why God chose your family. I can’t make sense of this,’” the governor said.
    Gov. Brian Schweitzer told Montana Democrats on Saturday it’s time for Americans to stand up and say they won’t be the world’s police anymore and they won’t become involved in more wars like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “We’ve destroyed a lot of lives,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of money for the military-industrial complex. We need people to stand up. We need people to stand up and say, ’We will defend this country, but we’re not going to go off to war and be police for the world.’ It’s time to stand up, stand up for this country now and stand up for us first.“

    The audience rose and applauded.

    Born in Havre in 1955, the fourth of six children -- five sons and a daughter -- of Kay and Adam Schweitzer. Raised on his parent's registered cattle ranch in the Judith Basin, Brian is a third generation Montanan. His German and Irish grandparents immigrated to Montana near the turn of the century and homesteaded in Hill County, and they are buried there today.

    Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Agronomy from Colorado State University, and later earned a Master of Science degree in Soil Science from Montana State University. Brian married Nancy Hupp, his college sweetheart, in 1981. Nancy was raised in Billings and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from Montana State University.

    A Montana farmer and rancher, Brian has been signing the front side of a paycheck for over 25 years. He has owned and operated Montana farms in Flathead, Sanders, Rosebud, and Judith Basin Counties. His business and agricultural experience is broad and deep, including extensive farming and ranching experience in Montana, and successful agricultural business projects on five continents.

    After graduation from Montana State, Brian and Nancy began a career of irrigation development that took them to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He has built hundreds of miles of roads, poured thousands of yards of concrete, buried many miles of pipe, and built hundreds of structures, from houses to warehouses to distillation plants. During seven years in Saudi Arabia, Brian developed over 28,000 acres of irrigated cropland.

    But when it was time to raise a family, Brian and Nancy returned home to Montana in 1986, and began building a ranching and irrigation business in Montana.

    In 1993, Brian was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Montana State USDA Farm Service Agency committee. He served for seven years with the FSA, and his three-person committee was responsible for the operation of 46 county offices, 300 employees and a budget of more than $300 million. He resigned in 1999 to run for U.S. Senate.

    Brian has been active in developing and implementing national farm policy, and ensuring that the voice of local Montanans is heard. In 1995, he received an award from the Secretary of Agriculture for outreach efforts to Native Americans. In 1996, Brian was appointed to the Montana Rural Development Partnership Board. In 1999, he was appointed to the National Drought Task Force, a 16-member national board, to review policy and report to Congress an improved coordination response to drought emergencies nationwide.

    Brian’s life experiences are broad and diverse. He has learned to fly his own plane, obtained a Montana Boiler’s license, has communicated in several languages and has a chemical applicator’s license.

    On November 2, 2004 Brian was elected as Montana's first democratic governor since 1988. Brian Schweitzer became the 23rd Governor of the great state of Montana on January 3, 2005.

    Brian and Nancy have three children, sons Ben and Khai and daughter Katrina.

    New York Times article from '06: The Big-Sky Dem

    BBC report from '08:

    Montana was obviously never in play for in Obama this election. But four years later, Governor Schweitzer is just as popular, leaving office in January '13 with job approval above 60%.

    2012: Schweitzer’s Closing Act

    •  Hmm. I dunno. (1+ / 0-)
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      I like him, don't get me wrong. I like him a lot.

      Will he sell in a Democratic Primary environment? I dunno.

      Certainly he's one to watch. Running for president ain't beanbag.

      •  I think he can sell in a Dem primary (1+ / 0-)
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        My only question with him, as with any candidate unproven on a national stage, is if he can build a national campaign and not wilt under the glare of the media spotlight? Of course, that may or may not be moot, depending on if HRC decides to run.

        •  Hillary holds all the cards, no question. (1+ / 0-)
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          As Schweitzer himself said:

          "If Hillary runs, she walks away with the nomination and then beats whichever Republican," Schweitzer said of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "It's lights out."
          But if Hillary chooses not to run in 2016, it's a wide open Democratic primary, with the Red State populist competing against the Blue State corporatist, Andrew Cuomo, for the nomination. Even with huge amounts of Wall Street money, I don't think it'll be close. Schweitzer will take Iowa, and lock up the nomination in the next month or two.

          My biggest concern with Schweitzer isn't whether or not he'll sell. Once voters have a chance to hear him in the debates, he's gonna catch fire with the base like Edwards did in 2004.

          I anything, my biggest concern is age (Schweitzer is 57 at the moment) and looks (same issue for Hillary, who'll be 69 in 4 years). Being energized and an effective campaigner has never been a problem for Schweitzer. And I've noticed he's slimmed down considerably recently.

          •  69 ain't old, much less 57. (1+ / 0-)
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            One of my concerns about Cuomo, besides the corporatism, is that it seems like he's waiting on Hillary to decide to run or not. That makes me question his desire. Running for president requires a certain level of narcissism - you have to believe that you're the best person for the job and that the country needs you to serve. And if he's looking at other candidates to decide if he's going to run? That signals weakness to me.

          •  She's only two years older than Elizabeth Warren (0+ / 0-)

            yet so many people want Warren to run.  Strange.

            Personally, I'd support Warren in whatever she chooses to do - but I love the thought of her in the Senate, giving Wall Street bankers nightmares and hives.

    •  He's good (excellent) on a lot of issues, but ... (0+ / 0-) stop beating the drums for "clean coal."

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:26:35 AM PST

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