FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, Ranking Member Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Political observers say a key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana's high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 stick with the president and support Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale this year. Democratic leaders and advocacy groups say women are highly motivated to vote in the Nov. 6 election with absentee ballots being mailed out on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Candidates meet in 2nd debate in Montana US Senate race

October 13, 2018 - 8:18 pm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is going on the attack against Republican candidate Matt Rosendale in Montana's tightening Senate race.

During a debate Saturday, the Democratic incumbent accused Rosendale of wanting to sell off public lands, kick people with pre-existing conditions off health care, privatize public schools and add dark money to the political system.

In turn, Rosendale accused Tester of having a problem with the truth and selling out Montana for the interests of Senate Democratic leaders.

It was the second debate between Tester and Rosendale. They were joined by Libertarian Party candidate Rick Breckenridge.

Tester faces a tough re-election bid as he tries to rally the Democratic base without alienating supporters of President Donald Trump.

Rosendale has closely aligned his campaign with Trump, who won Montana in 2016 by a wide margin.

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