HELENA, Mont. -

U.S. Sen. John Walsh says he plans to finish his Senate term "very strong" after withdrawing as a candidate for the seat in November's election.
    
Walsh spoke to reporters Tuesday after a panel discussion on Social Security and Medicare in Missoula.
    
The Democrat dropped out of the race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines last week amid allegations he plagiarized a research paper at the U.S. Army War College in 2007.
    
Walsh said he plans to dust himself off and move on. He says he will focus the rest of his time in the Senate on doing whatever he can to help the citizens of Montana.
    
His term ends in January.
    
Democrats plan to select a replacement candidate at a special nominating convention scheduled for Saturday in Helena.