“My plan is to run for President,” Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) said Thursday morning, announcing that he is entering the 2020 presidential race, making him the seventh Democratic senator to do so.
Bennet Initially Held Back, Given Clean Bill of Health
The 54-year-old senator had planned to join the race earlier, but his announcement was delayed after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer after routine physical in early April. Bennet had surgery after the diagnosis and has been given a clean bill of health.
“I think right now the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for very much at the national level with respect to what the American people think,” Bennet said. “But this is an opportunity to show what we stand for, for us to have a competition of ideas.”
“A process like this is long overdue in the Democratic Party,” he added.
Platform Centered Around Economic Growth
The senator has a reputation for deeply delving into policy. His platform is expected to be centered around driving economic growth by raising the minimum wage, expanding the Child Tax Credit, enacting paid family and medical leave, investing in infrastructure, and battling climate change.
In addition, according to a Bennet aide, his campaign will also have a central focus on education. In 2005, he was the superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
Another of Bennet’s area of focus will be electoral reform, including banning members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists.