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…