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Bennet to Win It? Unlikely, But Colorado Dem Jumps in 2020 Race Anyway

Little-known Sen. Michael Bennet became the 22nd major candidate in the Democratic presidential primary and the seventh U.S. senator.

By NTK Staff | 05.02.2019 @9:43am
Bennet to Win It? Unlikely, But Colorado Dem Jumps in 2020 Race Anyway

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced on “CBS This Morning” that he, too, is running in the Democratic presidential primary.

Bennet, 54, was the superintendent of the Denver public school system before becoming a U.S. senator in 2009. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, but quickly underwent surgery and was given a clean bill of health.

Bennet’s rationale for running for president is not immediately clear. He’s not a particularly vocal or outspoken member of the Senate; he doesn’t have a laundry list of legislative achievements; and he’s not particularly well-known for any specific issue.

That spells trouble for someone who would need to navigate an overly crowded field of better known and more charismatic candidates.

Asked about the packed field of challengers he now faces, Bennet told CBS that it’s “phenomenal we have an array of candidates that we have” calling it a “competition of ideas.”

Bennet acknowledged in his campaign appeal that while he may lack in national name recognition “because I don’t go on cable news everyday”, he came to Washington because he wants to “pay attention to what would help the people who sent me there make their lives better.”

“So you may not know me, but over the years I’ve learned a lot about what Americans struggle with.”

Aside from his six Senate colleagues already in the race, there will be another familiar face to Bennet on the campaign trail: former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Bennet served as his chief of staff in 2003 when Hickenlooper was the mayor of Denver.

The two may wind up having more than just their past in common. Hickenlooper has failed to gain traction thus far in the primary, typically clocking in at zero to one percent in most polls. Save for some miracle, it’s likely Bennet could very well find himself in a similar position once pollsters begin factoring his name into the mix.

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