MISSOULA — Fresh off his first Democratic presidential debate appearance Governor Steve Bullock continued with his campaign schedule on Wednesday, speaking with reporters in Detroit, before leaving for Minnesota.
But he also has some work to do before he clears another big hurdle -- qualifying for the September debate.
Bullock got some significant air-time during Tuesday night’s opening debate and mixed it up with the likes of liberal icons Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His campaign also released statements Wednesday from various pundits, praising his performance.
But Bullock needs to up his polling numbers, and donors, if he’s to qualify for the next Democratic presidential primary debate in September. He’ll need to hit 2% in at least four qualifying polls and have at least 130,000 campaign donors. So far, only seven candidates have cleared those bars and Bullock isn’t one of them.
Talking to reporters in Detroit on Wednesday, he emphasized the importance of public education.
“Trump and DeVos are trying to privatize public education. Public education is one of our great equalizers. We have 3 million kids nationally in charter schools, many of which aren’t doing that well - 51 million in our public schools. We need to be investing in quality in our public schools, not privatizing public education," Bullock said.
After his Minneapolis stop, Bullock travels to Las Vegas, for appearances in Nevada.