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Colorado's Michael Bennet Announces He's Running for President

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In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., listens during a question and answer session with a small group of journalists at a hotel, as he visits Mexico City
In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., listens during a question and answer session with a small group of journalists at a hotel, as he visits Mexico CityCredit: AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado announced he's launching a 2020 Democratic presidential bid on Thursday. Bennet is half Jewish and will become the 21st person running for president on the Democratic side and the second with Jewish roots - joining Vermont's Bernie Sanders.

Bennet, 54, is serving his second full six-year term in the Senate. 

“If we continue to go down the path we’re going - and this isn’t just about President Trump, it’s about the politics that existed before he got there ... we’re going to be the first generation of Americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the next generation, and I just need to do everything I can do to make sure that we don’t do that,” Bennet said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”

Bennet aslo released a video announcing his bid in which he cited his mother's survival of the Warsaw ghetto. 

“Our parents and grandparents who stood up to tyranny in World War II. My mom and her parents who survived that tyranny and rebuilt their shattered lives in the only country they could, the United States of America.”

Bennet’s mother and grandparents survived the Warsaw Ghetto.

Colorado currently has an openly gay Jewish governor and is considered a key swing state for both Democrats and Republicans to capture in the 2020 presidential election. In early April, Bennet announced he was recovering from prostate cancer.

Bennet served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools before being appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill Ken Salazar's seat, who had been appointed by then President Barack Obama as Secretary of the Interior. 

In January of this year, Bennet made headlines for a lively Senate floor speech in which he eviscerated Texas Republican Ted Cruz for his unwillingness to end the government shutdown. 

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