- Associated Press - Sunday, March 8, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A prominent political commentator and Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign strategist told Montana Democrats Saturday that a willingness to tell the truth could win back political seats.

At the Democrats’ annual Mansfield Metcalf dinner, keynote speaker James Carville said Republican politicians have lied for 15 years on decisive issues like terrorism threats abroad and the state of the nation’s economy.

“A broken clock is right twice a day,” Carville said. “They haven’t been right in this century.”

Republicans have controlled the state legislature since 2011.

Minority Leader Rep. Chuck Hunter said the Montana House was one of five chambers across the nation to gain Democratic seats in the last election cycle.

At the same time, Montana was one of seven states where Republicans gained senatorial seats in 2014 and won control of Congress.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock appointed John Walsh last February to fill a U.S. Senate seat vacated by retired Democrat Max Baucus. Walsh lost to Republican Steve Daines in the November election after the Army War College rescinded Walsh’s master’s degree for plagiarizing his final paper.

Saturday’s dinner came on the heels of a defeat for a Democratic proposal to expand Medicaid in Montana.

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