, Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry stopped by to talk with Brian Schweitzer as Kerry was heading to his vacation home in Idaho:
Kerry visits Schweitzer on tour
By CHARLES S. JOHNSON
Gazette State Bureau
August 12, 2005
HELENA - U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, stopped by the Capitol on Thursday to visit with Gov. Brian Schweitzer as part of a national "listening tour" but deflected any questions about running for president in 2008.
A relaxed Kerry was on his way to his vacation home in Ketchum, Idaho, during the congressional recess. The Massachusetts senator entered the Capitol rotunda to the warm applause of Schweitzer's staff as the governor walked down the hall to welcome him. Then the two men greeted some surprised people touring the Capitol.
Kerry peppered Schweitzer, his staff and state Sen. Mike Cooney, D-Helena, who had stopped by the Capitol to pick something up, with questions on state and national issues. He asked Schweitzer how the state would deal with the Bush administration's proposed Medicaid cuts.
"This administration, while they talk the talk, there's no walking the walk," Schweitzer said. "They put additional demands on the states with no new money."
Added Schweitzer: "I think we're probably going to need a new president."
Kerry, 61, grinned broadly.
"Any suggestions?" Cooney asked with a smile.
"I'm staying away from that one," Kerry said with a laugh.
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