The election isn’t over yet, but Politico already has retired Navy SEAL and Republican US House candidate Ryan Zinke (R-MT) listed as “who to watch in House class of 2014.”
And it’s not just Politico that is taking notice. In an exclusive interview, I spoke with former Vice President Dick Cheney during his visit to Montana on Monday. Cheney was in Billings to headline a fundraiser for Zinke, a former commander at SEAL Team 6. After the event, I spoke with Vice President Cheney as we drove across town in a Ford pickup. Click below to listen to the full interview- first heard on our statewide radio talk show Voices of Montana.
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Montana has only one member of the US House of Representatives. Usually it takes decades of service in the House to gain any sort of national recognition or influence. However; given Zinke’s career background and reputation as a Navy SEAL and time at SEAL Team 6, it seems pretty obvious to Politico and others that Zinke will gain instant notoriety on Capitol Hill.
From Politico: Who to Watch in House Class of 2014
Another soon-to-be national security voice: Ryan Zinke, a Montana Republican and a former commander of Seal Team Six, the same special forces unit later made famous in the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Photo: Aaron Flint interviews former Vice President Dick Cheney at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana. October 13, 2014.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:41 PM
Good catch, Aaron.
vinny in Livingston
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:00 PM
If Zinke thinks Dick Cheney is so popular in Montana that he can give his campaign a bump, Zinke doesn’t know the Patriot movement very well, which is the 10% where this election will be decided.
I think Cheney was a mistake.
J. C. Kantorowicz – Great Falls
Friday, October 17, 2014 8:03 AM
Thank God for Dick Cheney! Have you ever thought about where this country would be without his service?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:46 AM
Dick Cheney is an absolute Patriot, and anybody who doesn’t believe that doesn’t know Cheney, or doesn’t know his entire history of service to this country. Anybody can call themselves a Patriot, but you have to look at their background, service and actions in totality, not just cherry pick something you don’t agree with them on. Saying Cheney is not a patriot is like saying the NRA is nothing but a corporate shill, not concerned about the 2nd Amendment. I’ve disagreed with the NRA, but still agree with what they’ve done to preserve our firearms heritage.