|By Mike Dennison, The Montana Standard, Butte|
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Walsh, speaking to the annual Democratic
He also called Daines an extreme opponent of abortion rights, saying he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest and co-sponsored a bill Walsh said would ban abortion and outlaw birth control pills.
"He defends an ideology masked as principle," Walsh said. "But the reality is that Congressman Daines' ideology only seeks to preserve privilege. They claim freedom, but deny some people rights. ... It is a cruel ideology, a cowardly ideology."
Walsh, 53, on Saturday became the third Democrat to file for the
Walsh announced last October that he would run for the seat being vacated by then-Sen.
Baucus resigned his
Two other Democrats also are vying for the seat: Former Lt. Gov.
With two days left for candidates to file, no other Republican has filed in the race.
While Walsh spent part of his Saturday night speech blasting Daines, he also spelled out some of his own positions, saying he supports increasing the minimum wage, cutting waste in the defense budget, allowing
"Don't get me wrong; I know full well that we must never let our guard down in our stand against terrorism," he said. "But we must cut wasteful spending in our military and anywhere else in this American government that we can find."
But Walsh saved his sharpest words for Daines, whom national Republicans consider as one of their best chances to pick up a Democratic-held seat in the
He pointed to Daines' 2013 vote for the proposed House Republican budget, which would have converted
Walsh also noted Daines' support of HR 1091, which declares that human life begins at conception and extends the rights of equal protection under the 14th Amendment to "each born and preborn human person."
The bill was introduced a year ago and has seen no action in a House subcommittee.
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