U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, is interviewed on MSNBC's "MTP Daily"

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, is interviewed on MSNBC's "MTP Daily" on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who announced this week that he has prostate cancer, said on MSNBC late Thursday that he's running for president if he's found to be cancer free.

It was the Colorado Democrat saying on national television what a spokesman told Colorado Politics about his plans on Wednesday.

"So ... you get cancer free, you're 100 percent in?" host Chuck Todd asked Bennet on "MTP Daily," according to an MSNBC transcript of the broadcast."

"Yes," Bennet replied.

Todd: "There’s no -- there’s nothing ..."

Bennet: "No."

Todd: "There’s no ambiguity here anymore, is there? "

Bennet: "No. No, no.  I’ve put my family through enough."

In the interview, Bennet also discussed the ticklish issue of running against his former boss and mentor, John Hickenlooper, for the 2020 presidential nomination. Bennet was then-Denver mayor Hickenlooper's chief of staff.

"Sometimes people say, 'Was he that bad a boss that you have to run against him for president?'" Bennet said when Todd mentioned Hickenlooper. "That’s not the issue.  We're very different people."

Bennet later added: "We probably hurt each other on the margin in terms of fundraising at home. I suppose that’s true. But I think we’ve got different points of view about all this, we’ve got very different approaches and experiences and, as I’ve said to others, I think the largest obstacles that John Hickenlooper are going to face in this race are not each other.”

WATCH the full interview below.


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