U.S. House candidate Steve Daines fired up a packed convention hall in Missoula Friday, telling loyal supporters they need to elect another Republican to Montana's sole House seat.
Daines is the Republican Party's nominee to replace current Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is vacating the seat to challenge Sen. Jon Tester in the U.S. Senate race.
Daines, who faces Billings Democrat Sen. Kim Gillan in the Nov. 6 general election, repeatedly touted his 28 years of experience as a private sector businessman as he addressed the Montana Republican Party's annual platform convention.
"Two tings I know how to do is create jobs and a balance a budget," said Daines, former vice president of RightNow Technologies, a computer software company in Bozeman.
"As a business guy, our job is to take complicated problems and distill it down to the essential elements. What I'm hearing from the people of Montana is we cannot afford four more years of president Barack Obama. We're also hearing that we need good jobs and we need less government."
Rehberg is scheduled to address party faithful later tonight. Former 2012 GOP presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to address convention goers Saturday morning, and former Montana Congressman Rick Hill, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, will address the crowd at lunch.