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Montana’s Conrad Burns claims he’s pure as the driven slush snow. However, if you read about this account of a debate with challenger Jon Tester in the Missoulian, he sounds like he might have a screw loose.

The accusations came after Tester accused Burns of no longer representing Montana values. “I believe in light bulbs and sunshine,” [WTF?!] Burns said. “You know everything about me because it’s all out there on the Web site.”

Under attack by the incumbent senator, Tester chuckled, then defended himself by citing a lengthy, rapid-fire list of out-of-state and out-of-country trips taken by Burns, and the multinational corporations from which Burns has taken money.

…The debate – and the crowd – got heated when moderator Jenny Johnson, editor of the Ravalli Republic, asked the candidates: “There has been much discussion about the corrupting influence of money in politics. How do you propose to change the culture of big money in politics?”

Tester took the question first, replying: “Be honest.”

…“It is well documented what’s gone on with my opponent in relationship to lobbyists back in Washington, D.C.,” Tester said. “Senator Burns has changed. He’s not the same guy he was in 1988. I don’t believe he would have done it then. Washington has changed him.”

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Burns fired back: “Washington hasn’t changed me. I have the same wife, the same kids, got the same principles, same values.”

…“When you look at everything here, maybe I’m the only one here that’s not a lawbreaker. I might be the only one, I might be the only one.”

The audience erupted in boos, hoots and profanity, and one cry of “psycho.”

* Conrad Burns and those swarthy killer cabbies

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