Michael Bennet, Cancer, and the 2020 Campaign

The Story:

Senator Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) has made it very clear that he wants to run for President of the United States. The great remaining obstacle to a campaign is not political but medical — he must await the results of upcoming cancer surgery.


Bennet took office as a US Senator in January 2009, appointed to fill the vacancy after the man who had held that seat before him resigned to become Secretary of the Interior for the new Obama administration.

Bennet won that seat in his own right in the election of 2010, and was reelected in 2016. In the 2016 count, he received more votes than any other Democratic candidate in a statewise election in Colorado’s history.

Bennet is one of a group of Senators who have proposed incremental expansions and improvements to the Obamacare or ACA system, as opposed to calls for single-payment plans to the left or to calls for the repeal of Obamacare to the right.

The Thing to Know: 

Bennet revealed on April 3, 2019 that he has prostate cancer. He will have the operation, take a few days off for recovery, and then determine, in his words, whether he is “cancer free and able to move on” into full campaign mode.

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