Sen. Bennet Talking More Like a Presidential Candidate

Yahoo! News:

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., confirmed in an interview Tuesday that he is considering a run for president.

“I am thinking about it,” Bennet said in an interview for the Yahoo News podcast “The Long Game.”

Bennet has reportedly been talking to staff in Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucus there and would join the enormous field of Democrats likely to seek the nomination in 2020, which is more than 30 names long.

Bennet, 54, carries himself in a low-key manner but has impressive credentials, and has been considered a rising Democratic star. Former President Obama mentioned him among a handful of young Democrats he believed could be national stars, along with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The whole interview is worth a listen, as Colorado’s senior U.S. Senator talks about his service in the Senate, the frustration of serving in Mitch McConnell’s Senate in particular, who he accuses of  “stealing the presidency”–and how the experience could inform Michael Bennet as a presidential candidate.

And of course this turns up the heat just a little bit more in what’s shaping up to be a very interesting rivalry between Colorado’s top two Democratic elected officials, both of whom are dreaming as big as it gets in American politics. Will Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper find a way to collegially run against one another for the Democratic nomination? Will it get competitive? Or will the question, as they say, work itself out?

Stay tuned, it’s a hell of a time to be a Democrat in Colorado…

28 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Michael (never Mike) is so boring. Like watching a school superintendent speak at a board meeting. I would rate him a 1.63 on the excitement scale.

    The Dimocrats need someone charismatic who can get all the lazy voters off the fat asses and into the voting queues.

  2. MADCO says:

    I like Senator Bennet a lot.
    He's great – but.

    There are other potential D nominees I would like better.
    Kate Brown
    Sherrod Brown


    • JohnInDenver says:

      I was working on something else, and was out on the 538 "Tracking Congress in an age of Trump" site, and was surprised to find Bennet as #28 among Senators in the raw score on agreement, with a 31.0% correspondence. Just above him was Sherrod Brown, at 30.1%. Below him, at 32.1%, Amy Klobuchar.  Leader of the pack for opposition?  Kirsten Gillibrand, with a scintillating score of 11.9%.

      The primaries are going to be brutal, if only for the long list of possible candidates.  What's ballot going to be like with 20 or 30 candidates?  Vox’s internal tracking document of who is “considering” running for president currently includes 34 names [and didn’t include Bennet].  A week ago, Seltzer & Co. polled for the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom, testing 20 candidates with Iowa caucus goers [including Hickenlooper].

      How will we parse out "winners" — those who pull away from the field and get double digits of the results?

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        John, half will drop out before Iowa because of discouraging poll numbers and lack of money. That culls the herd down to 10 to 15, about the same size as the pack that gave us Donald Trump on the GOP side. There may be a grown-ups table and a children's table at Democratic candidate debates.

  3. DaftPunk says:

    While always talking like Thurston Howell III. 

    Who's excited about Bennet in the D primary (besides Phil Anschutz?)

  4. itlduso says:

    I’ve been an early and strong sippprter of MIchael Bennet.  I think he’s been an excellent Senator representing Colorado.  But, I wonder if he still equates MSNBC with Fox News as he did several years ago at a fundraiser.

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    Bennet for President!  All of Hillary's policies with none of her panache.

  6. ParkHill says:

    Umm. Kos points out that since California moved it's primary date forward, Iowa & New Hampshire (Feb 3) have become irrelevant. CA's date is after IA & NH, but it is a mail-in state so voters will be deciding and mailing before the primaries in IA & NH.

    The consequence is you need to have the resources to play in diverse & expensive California before you receive any benefits from winning in lily-white IA & NH.

    Super Tuesday is on Mar 3 including CA, NC, MA, VA & TX which is a shit-ton of primary delegates. That means you need first in one of those and second in several of them. 

    Only candidates with deep pockets, extensive mailing lists, appeal to diverse voters, and some degree of a nation-wide "movement" behind them have any chance in CA, plus the ability play in NC, MA, VA & TX. 

    This shortens the long list considerably:
    Beto (?)
    Joe (?)

    Kamala Harris will win California. 
    Beto O'Rourke will win Texas.
    Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts?

    Which of these candidates get a bunch of second places?

    How would you rate Bennett on:
     – deep pocket donors, 
     – ability to build a nation-wide movement, 
     – extensive mailing list
     – appeal to diverse voters

    • itlduso says:

      Good post Park Hill.  I saw that, too.  I’m happy with Bennet as our Senator, but he’s not right for the big show.  He lacks inspiration and a diverse (read: black voter) appeal.  Stay the course Senator  Bennet.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Bernie needs to follow Hillary off into the sunset. Use his remaining time in the Senate. Biden should have ran in 2016. Warren: no way. Harris: not really.

        Beto ????   Beto ???? He's pretty liberal for my taste. But he seems to have a solid amount of political common sense lacking in other possible Dem candidates. Unlike others, Beto seems to have a grasp about the deficit and needing to pay for new stuff.

        Beto???  Beto???  Will be definitely worth a look from this common sense conservative, especially since the alternative would be to get totally bombed out drunk and then vote for Trump. Hell, I’d vote for Hannity or Pence for president before I vote for Trump.

  7. gertie97 says:

    Zappy hasn't weighed in. Has his head exploded?

Leave a Reply

Comment from your Facebook account

You may comment with your Colorado Pols account above (click here to register), or via Facebook below.