U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said he is thinking about a presidential bid in 2020.
Bennet made the statement Tuesday to Yahoo News podcast “The Long Game,” the site said, which added:
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.
Denver CBS4 said on Nov. 30 that Bennet was interested in running for president.
“I think that we need to figure out as a country what direction we’re heading in. I think we haven’t been heading in the right direction and I think we need to make sure that we have leadership in this country that’s the kind-of leadership that’s actually going to address the problems that we need to confront as a country. I don’t know whether I can play a role in that discussion or whether I can’t but that’s what I’m wondering.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is also considering a White House run, Denver CBS4 said.
Bennet has served in the Senate since 2009, his official biography states. Before that, he worked to restructure failing businesses and helped create the world’s largest movie theater chain. He also worked as superintendent of Denver Public Schools. He lives in Denver with his wife and three daughters.
In 2015, Bennet was previously floated as a potential vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton, Politico said.
Bennet’s office did not respond to Battleground State News’ requests for a comment.
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