Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) “says he’s running for the Senate in 2012 to offer Montanans a choice between someone who will tackle out-of-control federal spending and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who believes government is the solution,” the Billings Gazette reports.
"If this is a campaign on the issues with two contrasting philosophies, I better represent the state of Montana," Rehberg said in an interview with the Gazette State Bureau.
He added, "I’m doing it for my family and the future of Montana and the country."
Rehberg will formally announce his Senate candidacy Saturday night at a Republican Lincoln/Reagan Day dinner in Helena, although word of his plans leaked out in recent days.
In November, “Rehberg was easily elected to his sixth straight House term.”
This is “Rehberg’s second run for the U.S. Senate.”
As lieutenant governor in 1996, Rehberg gave Baucus the toughest race of his political career, ultimately losing by about five percentage points.
Aaron Murphy, a spokesman for Senator Tester, e-mailed this statement in response:
“With 21 months left until Election Day, Jon is building on his strong record of creating jobs, cutting spending, cleaning up Washington, fighting for veterans, and actually getting things accomplished for Montanans. When Montanans choose their candidate a year and a half from now, we look forward to an honest debate, comparing Jon’s record as a hardworking farmer against anyone else’s. Until then, we hope Congressman Rehberg does a better job explaining his support for stripping benefits from Montana’s veterans.”