Sen. Jon Tester on How Democrats Can Reconnect with Rural America

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Published on April 28, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester talks about being the only senator who is a working farmer, President Biden’s administration and connecting with Native voters.

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49 comments

  • teresa tall 9 months ago

    My doctor’s name is Dr. Jon Tester. Sorry, that just fell out.

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  • 1strepublic14thstar 9 months ago

    How come no one ever asks Republicans what they need to do to connect with urban voters? You know – where most of the people live?

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  • Johnny Yuen 9 months ago

    We know that the gop will delay and obstruct Biden’s rebuild America plan. But why are fellow democrats not for helping Americans?

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  • Des Doyle 9 months ago

    Earning a semi-decent wage, (ie €15 an hour) should be a human right.

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  • Marko Pecinovic 9 months ago

    Never trust an American politician. No matter how “normal” they appear.

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  • Stacey Winter 9 months ago

    So glad Seth asked the music question. A touching example of the importance of music education.

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  • Candace N 9 months ago

    I respect Sen. Tester’s work with the Native American community, and I know that Montana is one of the more sensible Red states in the country (compared to AZ, MS or FL), but this idea that we need to keep the minimum wage low so that small businesses and Mom & Pop stores can stay in business is absurd.

    No company should exist if it requires exploiting people as cheap labor. You’re trading the financial freedom of the business owner for the financial freedom of the worker, but without the worker, the business wouldn’t exist. The GOP rhetoric is to lie and insist that it’s the business owners who create jobs. They don’t. The workers create jobs when they spend money and support your business. How do they do that if every last dollar has to be spent on bills and necessities because no one makes a living wage?

    Why is there all this sympathy and concern for the business owner, but nothing for the employee? As FDR said, if you can’t afford to pay your employees a living wage, you shouldn’t have a business. It’s that simple. You need to close up shop or redo your business model so that you can stay in business.

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  • Thomas Leity 9 months ago

    I hear his cousin Chuck is a great taxidermist

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  • UncleJer78 9 months ago

    Great interview. As a native Montanan, I may be biased…

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  • Don Rechtman 9 months ago

    Rural China–make a phone call just about anywhere. Even in tunnels longer than a mile! Shenzhen is 100% 5G. Why? Even with the majority of Chinese now urban, it is still a People that honors rural culture and people.

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  • William Kamahele 9 months ago

    You better have a Custom Chair😂😂😂wise.

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  • Justin Wuycheck 9 months ago

    I think this one of the better interviews I’ve seen Seth do. Not totally softball questions, but sensitive and relevant, with a well-placed off the cuff joke about politics towards the end.

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  • TheUsername217 9 months ago

    It is not a god given right for someone to open up a small business; if they don’t have enough capital to support their staff and their establishment then maybe they should not start a “small” business.

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  • murphyshsu 9 months ago

    Really liked this interview!!!

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  • Rayne D. 9 months ago

    If your business can’t afford to pay a living wage, it shouldn’t exist. 15/hour is only 30k a year. Doesn’t matter where you live, that’s still barely getting by.

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  • Toni Gonzalez 9 months ago

    What a breath of fresh air! I knew he was a senator but I need to learn more about him

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  • Panna Chawangkul 9 months ago

    I like Senetor Tester. He seems genuinely cares about the people he represents, the country, and the Democracy.

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  • Om Eyehead 9 months ago

    Get out of bed with corporate America.

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  • Scar Izza 9 months ago

    Relatable

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  • bdbiker1 9 months ago

    He talks like a republican, votes like a republican too.

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  • silentjay01 9 months ago

    Being a farmer & a senator, which job do you think requires him to deal with more bullshit?

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  • Wes Falls 9 months ago

    I call BS. They are going to debate the $15/hour minimum wage until the minimum wage should have risen to $30/hour.

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  • Shala D 9 months ago

    I am rural between big cities. The internet sucks here. Drive 20 mins any direction and BOOM internet. Ridiculous.

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  • Laura 9 months ago

    yes its about the peopleand the country not the dam party pay attention gop emptysuits

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  • Laura 9 months ago

    if prices for products are the same across the country than all should get paid the same

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  • Smoshyprincess 9 months ago

    WOOOOO MONTANA REPRESENT!!!

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  • boobtuber06 9 months ago

    Seth is not an entertainer, but a clumsy crypto DNC operative
    pathetic

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  • St. Brian The Godless 9 months ago

    Give them money. That’s it. That’s the secret. Rural republicans can’t refuse free money no matter what they say. Make their lives better and they can’t hate you as much as they want to, and that bothers them. Seen it firsthand in my yard guy, a maga. Got his Biden cash and now he ***doesn’t know what to think of the man.***

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  • The Nothing Nobody 9 months ago

    Nice interview, but ugh I hate how Seth just let him get away with his bullshit on not raising the minimum wage. ‘Mom and pop’ stores are not gonna shutdown if we raise the minimum wage. They’re *ALREADY* closing thanks to companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart! We’re losing small businesses by the gross everywhere, because the US government (who is bought out by places like Amazon and Wal-mart, among others, including Mr. Tester here I might add) refuses to do anything about it.

    Saying that “15 dollars will happen eventually” means that it’s never actually going to happen, or it’ll only happen on the approval of their donors, who actually run the US Government, and by the time it does, it won’t matter.

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  • GayGengar 9 months ago

    i’m a Canadian, but i do live in a rural area. my advice for connecting with rural Americans? help them. rural areas have rampant poverty, poor public services, etc because most of the government funding gets poured into cities and towns. increase funding and benefits for the poor and you won’t have to ask this question anymore.

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  • rjdankert 9 months ago

    Is this guy just a rich rancher who doesn’t want to pay his employees a decent wage? Could be lol.

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  • Geoff Badenoch 9 months ago

    I ran for office about 16 years ago and walked in a parade with Jon Tester. I liked his work in the State Legislature and I have admired him as a US Senator. He is the real deal and truly “Montana made.” He gets my vote every time he runs.

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  • Bryan Smith 9 months ago

    Classic moderate Democrat.

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  • mrmotownmadness89 9 months ago

    I live in Montana, voted proudly for Tester. We are a pretty red state now (see Daines, Gianforte), so having at least Tester represent us as well is a godsend. Tester is active in writing and promoting pro-conservation bills that benefit our land and water. He supports a woman’s right to choose, which is rare in politicians here. I sincerely hope he changes course and advocates for minimum wage to be $15 per hour, and have written him about my displeasure with his vote.

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  • Princess Pepita 9 months ago

    Thank you, Jon- keep making Montana proud! Back home we are under the thumb of an insane monster (Gangster Gianforte) and his gang of GOP thieves and lunatics. Sadly, next time you probably won’t get reelected.

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  • crazy tech 9 months ago

    Fellow me guys 🤍🤍🤍🤍

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  • SinisterAF 9 months ago

    I like this guy

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  • MyQueenFreddieMercury 9 months ago

    Any politician that votes against a $15 minimum wage is not worthy of reelection. If wages kept up with productivity it would be $24 an hour. If it kept up with CEO wages prior to the 1980’s it would be over $30 an hour. By the time we get $15 an hour it will need to be $20 an hour which won’t come for another 10 years. You can’t live anywhere in America earning less than $15 an hour. Politicians need to try it. Like the movie Trading Places.

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  • Rich Sackett 9 months ago

    You have some nerve asking a middle-aged Montanan with a crew cut if he butchers his own meat as if it’s a real question. Of course he does.

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  • Jack B 9 months ago

    Now we know what happened to Otho after the events of Beetlejuice
    Dude really turned a corner

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  • Viktor Kelley 9 months ago

    Another conservative with a liberal title. F*** capitalism.

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  • Pat Doyle 9 months ago

    Here is the problem that Tester did not, and could not address. I have mostly lived a rural life – I prefer it, but I have spent a lot of years in cities. You can connect WITH ANYBODY by fixing their problems – that isn’t a rural thing, and frankly, Democrats since at least the 1930s have done FAR more to help rural America, especially the south, than the GOP. But what I observed in my years living both ways is that while people both places are happy to GET help, rural people are far more likely to resent tax money spent to help OTHER people. Far from all, but too many just want their taxes to help them, and no one else. But Tester can’t say that.

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  • NEMO MONTEFLORES 9 months ago

    Cool dudes here.

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  • Tom Trask 9 months ago

    Why count benefits as a credit toward a minimum wage? Everybody should have access to health care at the price of Medicare (whether it’s M4A or not). You, John Tester, need to be looking for ways to decouple healthcare from wages, not refusing to raise minimum wages because some employers get to count healthcare expenses as an expense.

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  • Justice Palomino 9 months ago

    Senator Tester had me throwing my fist in the air I was so Happy to hear such common sense from a Legislator! Love, Love, Love this guy!!!😍🥰

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  • Puber T. Snatches 9 months ago

    dude looks like hank hill and andy richter had a baby

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  • John Love 9 months ago

    It really surprised me in Wisconsin when I took a drive from my home just south of Madison to our cabin almost to Lake Superior (350 miles). I STILL passed hundreds of Trump, MEGA and the icing on the cake confederate flags flying high and proud right next to one of the interstates. Everyone’s allowed free speech but to still have all this in yards and to be flying that flag means only one thing. I’m so disappointed in my fellow neighbors. I really thought we were better than that but what it really comes down to it that they are afraid. Now all they listen to is fox, newsmax and every other lie that’s out there. They are not bad people but misinformed and what I was told IGNORED by the Democratic Party. Now it’s gonna be a real up hill battle to get to some of these folks because of how spread out they are, their access to credible news. They do not trust anyone but family and friends. So fixing things like roads, bridges, internet, ect., and getting the money from people who have way to much might be a good start. Exactly the opposite of what the Republicans would like us to believe. Man I wish there was a way to turn off Tucker, he’s as rich as the rest of them.

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  • Ianitus777 9 months ago

    Senator Drew Carrey everyone!

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  • Raya Roberty 9 months ago

    It’s not easy to be a democratic senator in Montana. We love you Tester!

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