Greg Gianforte: Why I’m Running

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The direction of our country will be decided in the coming months and Iím committed to making sure Montanaís voice is heard in Washington. Iím running to be Montanaís next Congressman because Montanans deserve a champion who will stand strong for our values and our way of life.

Iím thankful to have built a life, started a small business, and raised a family in Montana.

I fell in love with Montana more than 40 years ago on a class trip backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains. Twenty-four years ago, my wife, Susan, and I chose Montana to raise our four children hunting, fishing and backpacking on Montanaís public lands. And, when we sat down at our kitchen table to start our company, RightNow Technologies, we chose Montana.

At the time, people told us building a global hi-tech business in Montana was impossible. Well, we took on the big corporations in one of the fiercest markets, and Montana won. In fact, we created over 500 high-paying Montana jobs.

Iím not a government insider. I spent my entire career creating jobs in the private sector ó from mowing lawns as a teenager to founding five different start-up companies.

Iím not afraid to step up and take on a challenge. Thatís why in Congress, you can count on me to stand up to the special interests and help drain the swamp. Iíll always put hardworking Montana families first and will fight to bring accountability and integrity to Washington, D.C.

In the last year and a half, Iíve traveled over 80,000 miles across Montana, visiting all 56 counties multiple times listening to your concerns. I understand the issues Montanans are facing and my commitment is to ensure your voice is always heard in Washington.

In Congress, Iíll fight back against any tax increases. Iíll work to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Iíll protect the promises our country made to our veterans. Iíll fight for our coal and timber jobs and push back against excessive Washington regulations.

Iíll fight to repeal and replace Obamacare with real solutions that lower premiums, preserve rural access, and protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions.

Iíll always defend Montanansí right to hunt, fish and recreate on our public lands because we must keep our public lands in public hands.

Iíll always defend the Second Amendment and stand in strong opposition to any attempts to create a national gun registry.

Iíll fight to strengthen our military to defend our interests and destroy ISIS.

Iíll protect and defend our border, and not allow Montana to become a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.

Iíll support term limits and a ban to end members of Congress from becoming lobbyists. And, Iíll hold the politicians accountable ó if they canít balance the budget, they shouldnít get paid. No balanced budget, no paycheck.

My word and bond to you is that if elected, I will always be on Montanaís side.

I humbly ask for your vote, so that I can be your voice.

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