The second Montana gubernatorial debate came to Billings, as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican Greg Gianforte shared very different perceptions of the current state of the state, and the role of government in its future.  Monday night’s debate at the Montana State University Billings campus featured Bullock and Gianforte sparring over values and leadership qualities as well as policy views ranging from natural resource development and taxation to civil rights and refugee resettlement.

Bullock said Montana was a gift for him growing up and he wants to make sure the next generation has equal opportunities in a state where not just a small group of people enjoy rules to benefit themselves.  Gianforte said his experience in business makes him better suited to lead the state.  He said he’s running to create more high-wage jobs, and blamed Bullock for the state’s shrinking economy.  Bullock is seeking his second term.