Michael Bennet says he will not drop out of the presidential race despite getting left in the debate dust along with a bunch of other politicians no one’s ever heard of.
Bennet’s failure on the presidential campaign trail prompted renewed calls from Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, urging the Coloradan to return home and run for Senate.
Not the 2020 race!
The Democratic Senate leader has already promised that primary win to Bennet’s fellow failed presidential candidate, John Hickenlooper.
Bennet reportedly balked at the offer, insisting he’s already an elected senator.
That news came as a surprise to many Senate Democrats and Colorado voters.
“Those are just GOP talking points to try and paint Bennet as a Washington insider. Bennet would make a great senator and we urge him to seriously consider running for the office,” according to one source we just totally made up because The Onion is slacking this week on Colorado political coverage.
But seriously, Bennet didn’t qualify for the Sept. 12 debate hosted by ABC News. Here are the 10 candidates who did:
Former Vice President Joe Biden
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
California Sen. Kamala Harris
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang