Western District Democratic congressional candidate Monica Tranel appeared on KGVO Talk Back this week and answered questions from the public on a variety of topics, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe v Wade decision.
Tranel said there are a number of issues associated with the abortion issue, including the lack of public funding for contraception.
“If we want it to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions, we know how to do it,” Tranel said. Does anyone in your studio know how much the pill or birth control costs? Well, that’s $50 a month, and that’s a lot if you’re paying for it out of pocket. If you have insurance, that’s fine because you can get it, but you have to get a prescription to go see a doctor.
Tranel responded to a study on the cost in the United States of raising a child to age 18 and asked how the government is responding to the high cost of child care.
“It’s really about putting pressure on working families and making it harder for working families to provide for their children,” she said. “I think we need to talk about it in those terms and look at what’s happened to support working families and allow people to avoid getting pregnant, because one thing I know, and correct me if I’m wrong about that, but it takes a man to be there too, right?”
Tranel got on the stump and explained why she is running for the seat against Ryan Zinke in the general election in November.
“I’m running for this seat because the Montana that I grew up in and love and know and believe with all my heart to exist is where we talk to each other, we trust each other, we believe in the other, we help each other and it’s Montana and the communities that I want for my kids, and that’s why I run,” she said.
She also referenced her Republican opponent Ryan Zinke’s ties to California and his previous terms in Congress.
“This is my house,” she said. “It’s my only home. I have no other. I don’t have a first home in Santa Barbara which I conveniently call it my first home because it’s the cheapest place to pay taxes. I’m so sick of Ryan’s Zinke cheating on us and abandoning us. Cheat by all means to get rich. This is not the Montana way. This is not the Montana I grew up in and love.
According to Wikipedia, Tranel identified as a Republican when she ran for the Public Service Commission in 2005, but ran as a Democrat for the same position in 2020. She was defeated in both elections.
Tranel said she looks forward to upcoming hearings against Zinke as the campaigns continue.
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