Montana is once again the stage on which Republicans and Democrats will square off in hopes of tipping the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, but so far, there appears to be an air of bipartisanship.

Though the gloves will undoubtedly come off, the first press releases out of the office of Republican Senate candidate Steve Daines have been welcoming to new interim Senator and Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate John Walsh.

Below is the most recent press release from Daines office, a formal invitation to coffee:

Dear Senator John Walsh,

Congratulations on your recent appointment to the United States Senate. I look forward to working with you in your new role.

I also want to take the opportunity to extend an invitation for you to join Senator Jon Tester and myself at our weekly “Montana Coffee” gatherings, held every Wednesday morning while the Senate is in session.

Last year, I reached out to Max and Jon and began the tradition of bipartisan Montana Coffees, attended by the entire delegation. Since then, Montanans have enjoyed the opportunity to meet all members of Montana’s Congressional delegation in a casual, politics-free setting. We intend to carry on this bipartisan tradition, and welcome you to join.

Our next Montana Coffee is schedule for Wednesday, February 12 at 8:15AM EST in Room 512 of the Hart Senate Office Building. We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

STEVE DAINES