09/29/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Surprise Convention Star Brian Schweitzer Interviewed

Brian Schweitzer is the outspoken Montana governor who prefers jeans and Native American bolo ties to business apparel. He gave a spirited convention speech on Tuesday night that, for many Democrats and most Americans outside his home state, was their first glimpse of this self-effacing and funny state chief executive. He took a few moments to chat with Salon on Thursday.

Schweitzer handicapped Obama's chances this November in the Western states and talked about John McCain's problems with his base. [The interview was conducted before the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate.]

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