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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Warns his party that 2022 will be a tough election year for all of them, including himself, while lamenting that Democrats have not taken the right approach as November approaches .
Nearly five months before Election Day, Bennet told Politico that in a year of midterm elections, they face an uphill battle.
“When you’re in the same party as the president, it’s going to be a tough cycle,” Bennet said, explaining that voters are going to be upset over a number of issues, including inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic.
With that in mind, Bennet — who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 — believes the party as a whole needs to improve its messaging.
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“The National Democratic Party has done a terrible job talking about what we’ve achieved and what we’re fighting for,” Bennett said. “No one is more annoyed with the National Democratic Party than I am, that we didn’t fight harder to extend these child tax credits to working people in this state.”
At a time when Bennet insists Colorado isn’t a blue state, he wasn’t eager for President Biden to help him campaign.
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“I didn’t think about it at all,” Bennet said of the prospect of the president appearing alongside him.
Joe O’Dea, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Colorado Senate race, also spoke with Politico. He seemed to understand why, given the president’s low approval rating.
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“I would actually pay for the flight to have Biden come as many times as he wants this year with Michael Bennet,” O’Dea said.