Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - For about 30 minutes on Monday, KGVO’s Talk Back audience was able to speak directly to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tim Sheehy about several topics.

Sheehy reminded KGVO that his campaign is not just running against the incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

Sheehy said he is Running for Senate to Protect the U.S. Constitution

“I'm not running against John Tester, I'm running for the Constitution of the United States,” began Sheehy. “We’re running for the values that this great nation was founded on. And speaking of values; I fought for values; I bled for values; my wife fought for values and most of my best friends on the battlefield continue to fight for here (in Montana) as we battle wildfires and protect Americans across the American West (with his firefighting business called Bridger Aerospace).”

Sheehy was deeply concerned about the out-of-control crisis on America’s southern border, and what must be done to stem the tide of people crossing into the U.S. illegally.

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Sheehy said he is Deeply Concerned about the Invasion at the Southern Border

“I truly believe that our nation is facing a set of challenges and a set of threats that if we don't address them head-on, and in a constructive way in the next 10 years, I'm not sure we can ever address them,” he said. “You look at our deficit spending and look at our national debt and how that clock is ticking every single day, putting a bigger and bigger anvil over the head of our children and our grandchildren. Look at our southern border. 70,000 Americans a year are dying from fentanyl-related overdoses, and millions of people pouring into this country from hundreds of nations. These aren't just Mexicans. These are people from all over the world and we have no idea who they are.”

Sheehy reminded listeners about the initial reason why he decided to run for the U.S. Senate.

“Foreign Policy,” he said. “When we look at our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was the impetus for me to consider running for office after having me and my friends spend our best years of our adult life there fighting and watching that sacrifice washed away with no accountability to follow, and then looking at our economy being mismanaged. Frankly, also looking at the two and a half years of COVID lockdowns that were brought upon us by a government that had no problem violating the constitutional principles that uphold it to take advantage of an emergency situation to expand the government’s reach over the American people to a degree we've never before seen.”

Sheehy Explained a Website calling him 'Shady Sheehy'

Sheehy referenced a website that calls him ‘Shady Sheehy’ for not paying back a PPP loan for his business.

“It was a government PPP loan to my business for us to retain hundreds of jobs here in Montana,” he said. “One of our businesses that fights fires from the air (Bridger Aerospace) was shut down by a mandate by the government like many other businesses, so we accepted a PPP loan to keep our people employed. That was a forgivable loan and therefore it was forgiven. So that's the context of that, but of course, you know it's been skewed and will continue to be skewed. However, those loans wouldn't have been necessary if our government had not decided to shut down our economy and ruin businesses from coast to coast.”

Sheehy said he was honored to meet with President Trump, Montana Senator Steve Daines, and Governor Christi Noem at a recent Trump rally in South Dakota.

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