U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, declared himself a candidate for president Thursday. Here's a roundup of reaction comments from national news outlets:
Washington Post: "Bennet, 54, has called Medicare-for-all 'a bad opening offer' to achieve broader health care coverage and prefers creating a public option for health coverage that could be offered in the current structure of the Affordable Care Act. He has been critical of liberal calls to pack the Supreme Court with more justices to counteract its current conservative-leaning majority. Instead, his policy prescriptions have been more conventional, including calls for fiscal responsibility. He has co-sponsored legislation to expand the child tax credit and described the lack of economic mobility and growing economic inequality as the most pressing issues facing the country. A book he has written on his policy prescriptions for the country, including a vision for moving beyond its political polarization, will be released later this year."
New York Times: "Until recently, Mr. Bennet, a former school superintendent usually known for his professorial reserve, was not considered a presidential contender. But in an uncharacteristically fiery speech on the Senate floor in January, during a government shutdown, he excoriated his Republican colleague Ted Cruz, shouting repeatedly as he accused him of shedding “crocodile tears” over unpaid government workers. He denounced President Trump for shutting down the government over his desired border wall, which Mr. Bennet termed a promise the president couldn’t keep and America didn’t want."
CNN: "Bennet, a measured, wonky Democrat who is known for delving deeply into policy, plans to run a campaign centered around driving economic growth by expanding the Child Tax Credit, enacting paid family and medical leave, raising the minimum wage, modernizing the country by combatting climate change and investing in infrastructure ... The senator and former educator also plans to make education central to his bid, ... as well as electoral reform, which will include pushing to ban Members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists, overturning the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision and fighting partisan gerrymandering."
CBS: "In a departure from his fellow Democratic contenders, Bennet, who supports creating a public option for health care while making private insurances available on Obamacare marketplaces, noted in his campaign rollout video that the answer to the nation's health care woes does cannot be found in far-left policies like Medicare-for-All."
Associated Press: "The presence of two moderate Coloradans who started their political careers in Denver City Hall reflects how crowded the Democratic presidential field has become. Bennet's understated style and distaste for the sound bites required in a political campaign have usually led to speculation that he'd seek a Cabinet position rather than try to become the next president. But he began moving to assemble a presidential bid late last year and planned an announcement in April. He had to pause after being diagnosed with prostate cancer this spring."
NPR: "[The] relatively obscure profile Bennet had before coming to D.C. left Republicans hopeful they could knock him off [for Senate] in 2010, but he won a full term in what was otherwise a good year for the GOP. Bennet went on to chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2014 cycle and win re-election again in the purple state in 2016 by 6 percentage points. In the Senate, he has often worked across the aisle, including with his Colorado GOP colleague Cory Gardner, especially on energy and education issues."
Fox News: "Bennet’s late entry into the race doesn’t leave him a lot of time to make the stage at the first round of Democratic presidential primary debates, set for late June. 'We’ve made it a little bit harder on myself although I wouldn’t have asked for this issue,' he told Fox News last month. 'I think it’s important to be on the debate stage, whether it’s the first debate or the second debate, however you’re able to do it, and we will work to get on there.'”
Roll Call: "In the Senate, Bennet has often tried to seek compromise. He is one of the Democrats most focused on the budget deficit and in 2012 was part of a group that attempted to produce deficit reduction legislation based on the work of the 2010 Simpson-Bowles commission. He also was one of three Democratic senators to oppose the January 2013 “fiscal cliff” deal, which averted income tax increases on earnings under $400,000 but didn’t cut federal spending. And he was also part of the 'Gang of Eight," a bipartisan group that sought to enact comprehensive changes to immigration law."
Rolling Stone: "There are already 20 Democrats running for president in 2020. Why did Colorado Senator Michael Bennet decide to join them? Where will it end?"