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  •  I think he's realistically running for VP. If (12+ / 0-)

    Hillary doesn't run, then he'll be there for the top slot. That's his thinking, I think.
    However, I think the next Pres. will be a woman, regardless of whether Hillary runs.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:07:19 AM PST

    •  He's far, far better than Manchin (10+ / 0-)

      Manchin may be one of my senators, but he's a lousy Democrat. He's got aspirations of his own, but if he got picked as the VP candidate, I might very well go third-party - he's that bad.

      West Virginia's new motto: Ex Os, Ex Mens (go look it up)

      by blonde moment on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:40:58 AM PST

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    •  Hillary runs, Schweitzer is favourite for VP. (9+ / 0-)

      But if Hillary moves to the right and pisses off the progressives, or commits a huge gaff or miscalculation (which is possible) or her campaign people are somehow worse than Mark Penn et al, then the door will be open for the populist Schweitzer.

      Regardless what Hillary does, I think Schweitzer will definately make a huge splash during the debates, the kind of splash that will energize progressives (kossacks) and left-libertarians (anti-war, NSA, Ron Paul supporters).

      The next president will be Hillary, Christie, Rubio, or Schweitzer. Jeb Bush has no chance.

      •  Also, why isn't this diary on the rec list? (20+ / 0-)

        Warren isn't running. Aren't progressives looking for an alternative to the neo-liberals in 2016? Schweitzer is for Single Payer, among other things.

        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

        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

        •  The implication of the title, "Schweitzer is (0+ / 0-)

          for president" is unsubstantiated perhaps?

          "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

          by Pescadero Bill on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:43:34 AM PST

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        •  not enough recs and frankly most DKers couldn't (4+ / 0-)

          point to Montana on a map with N Dakota and Idaho already labeled. He'd do great as a candidate, but he'd get nothing but condemnation here. Too rural. Farmer, rancher.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:45:43 AM PST

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        •  Single Payer yes, but his record on guns and coal (0+ / 0-)

          ...are nonstarters for many here. I also think that same record could make him competitive in places where we need our nominees to be more competitive.

          I hope he runs so we can see if he can run a great national campaign. I think people are engaging in wishful thinking if they believe Hillary Clinton is just going to be given a coronation. I'm sure it is not lost on Governor Schweitzer that it has already been proven that she can be beat and has many avenues for an opponent to attack.

          The next nominee must be able to at least hold, if not expand, the Obama map. Assuming Hillary or anyone else can just easily be that person is a big mistake. It has to be earn and I hope he is willing to go for it.

          The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

          by sebastianguy99 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 11:18:58 AM PST

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          •  Clinton/Schweitzer ticket expands the map (3+ / 0-)
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            which is why I'm ok with second prize. The nomination is Hillary's to lose, if she doesn't repeat the mistakes of 2008 or signal that she'll put Evan Bayh on the ticket.

            At the very least, I want Schweitzer to run just so I can watch him shake up the debates. I think people are gonna be knocked on their asses once they actually hear him on the issues.

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