Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet may be best-known outside his state for his January 2019 excoriation of Ted Cruz in Congress, where he criticized the Texas Republican senator’s “crocodile tears” during the national government shutdown, noting that Cruz pushed a shutdown in 2013 when Colorado was “under water.” The two-term Sen. Bennet is also credited with helping Democrats pass the Affordable Care Act, and has been speaking out against Trump’s attacks on the bill.
Reality offers us a richer perspective than perception, however. One of the more worthy contenders for the U.S. Presidency seat, Bennet ought to be more poignantly known for the personal battles that led him to run for the US Presidency. Now 54, Bennet overcame a bout with prostate cancer earlier this year. He was diagnosed in April and quickly underwent surgery, which his office said was “completely successful” and would require no further treatment. He told CBS his diagnosis was “very clarifying,” saying he was disappointed at the possibility of never being able to run.
“That gave me a chance to think about whether I really wanted to run or not,” he said. Would you know? He chose “CBS This Morning” as the venue to announce his candidacy.
Bennet is optimistic about his political future. The senator refers to himself as a “pragmatic idealist”, looking to herald in a “new era of progress” for Washington. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think I had a chance to win,” Bennet, the 22nd Democrat to enter the race, told The Colorado Independent shortly after his diagnosis. “I think, like everyone else does, it’s a long shot. But I think everyone in the field is a long shot.”
“My plan is to run for president,” Bennet told “CBS This Morning” co-anchor John Dickerson. “I think this country faces two enormous challenges, one is a lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.”
Bennet has 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.”
On that note, thank you to NBC‘s “The Late Night With Seth Meyers” and ABC’s “The View” for introducing us to this very worthy candidate for U.S. President. To support an increase in greater recognition for Michael Bennet, let’s throw in a CBS “NowThisNews” video and a Cheddar’s Need2Know podcast—both of which have done a good public service by giving us a deeper glimpse into this important Democratic candidate. His biggest idea for the economy is called Medicare X, which he calls a “true public option” for healthcare, because it bridges the gap between Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan (which Bennet calls unrealistic) and private healthcare.
May 16, 2019: Bennet appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
Bennet talked about unnecessary government spending, the lack of economic growth, marijuana legalization, and the need to make government work for Americans again.
Bennet’s own daughters mock him for being “mild-mannered.” He also talked about his mom finding out he was running for president via the newspaper.
The senator referred to himself as a “pragmatic idealist” who is looking to herald in a “new era of progress” for Washington. He told CBS News that he has a “tendency to tell the truth” to his constituents in Colorado and now wants “the chance to do that with the American people.”
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June 7, 2019: During an interview on Cheddar’s Need2Know podcast, Bennet discussed student loans, climate change, and why he prefers the term “pragmatic idealist” to “centrist.”
Did you know that before becoming a senator, and before becoming the superintendent of Denver public schools, Bennet’s first paying job was painting houses? Hear from the 2020 candidate in this interview about a time he witness discrimination and what he did about it. It was a time he felt burnt out and how he dealt with it. He also discusses why he does not support Medicare For All, and much more.
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June 28, 2019: On MSNBC, Bennet joined Chris Matthews from the spin room to talk about fixing the Affordable Care Act and how he can work across the aisle on issues like immigration.
It’s time for new leadership. Considered a relatively moderate Democrat, Bennet has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate since 2009. Before entering politics, he spent seven years in the private sector where served as director of the Anschutz Investment Company. It was there that he managed the consolidation of three major movie chains into the Regal Entertainment Group.
In 2003, Bennet became the chief of staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is also running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He left Hickenlooper’s office in 2005 to become superintendent of the Denver Public School system, where he helped pass a merit pay system for teachers. He was later appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar in 2009 and promptly re-elected the following year.
July 11, 2019: Bennet appeared on “The View.” He discussed his polling performance, prostate cancer diagnosis, and work with the Gang of Eight on a 2013 bipartisan immigration.
On Immigration and Border Crisis
The presidential candidate explained why he thinks the current fake president is a “weak leader” when it comes to immigration, and what he learned from the late Republican Senator John McCain.
On Education, Health Care, Wealth Gap
He discussed his campaign and shared his stance on education, the racial wealth gap and health care.
Bennet said he thinks Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta should resign.
Top congressional Democrats have indeed been calling for Acosta to resign over his handling more than a decade ago of a plea deal for multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein amid a debate on Capitol Hill over whether Congress should investigate the agreement Acosta made with this child molester.
What agreement? Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a criminal indictment on Monday charging Epstein with having allegedly operated a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused dozens of underage girls. In 2008, Acosta signed a sweetheart deal with Epstein. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called for Acosta to resign, saying in a tweet, “(Secretary Acosta) must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement with Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice.
July 25, 2019: Bennet participated in the NowThisNews “20 Questions for 2020” series, discussing education, social mobility, and discrimination..
Hear from the 2020 candidate about a time he witnessed discrimination and what he did about it, a time he felt burnt out and how he dealt with it, why he does not support Medicare For All, and much more.
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Did you know that before becoming a senator, and before becoming the superintendent of Denver public schools, Michael Bennet‘s first paying job was painting houses?
He also said the lack of economic mobility in America would be the one key issue his administration would tackle, stating that America is currently facing the greatest income inequality in over 100 years.
July 25, 2019: Speaking to the Washington Post, Bennet takes on Trump, Mitch McConnell and the fight for democracy
Bennet, a former Denver schools superintendent, thinks he is the person to unseat President Trump in 2020. But it’s not just Trump he wants gone. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Freedom Caucus are on his list to get rid off, too.
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In a nearly 4-minute long campaign video released Thursday morning titled “7,591 words” (a nod to the word count of the U.S. Constitution) Bennet makes the case that “politics and governing aren’t the same thing.”
“When campaigning never stops, governing never begins,” he added.
In a departure from his fellow Democratic contenders, Bennet, who supports creating a public option for health care while making private insurances available on Obamacare marketplaces, noted in his campaign rollout video that the answer to the nation’s health care woes does cannot be found in far-left policies like Medicare-for-All.
“I don’t think 180 million Americans want to give up the insurance they already have through their work or their union,” said Bennet.
Bennet was born in New Dehli while his father served as an aide to the U.S. Ambassador to India. His father then went on to take posts in the Carter and Clinton administrations, while his grandfather was an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt.