Add Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado to the growing list of Democrats running for the White House.
One week after former Vice President Joe Biden became the 20th candidate, Bennet announced his candidacy on Thursday.
BENNET RECEIVES CLEAN HEALTH ACCOUNT FOR PROSTATIC CANCER SURGERY
"We can not be the first generation to leave less to our children, not more. That's why I'm running for the president, "Bennet announced on Twitter Thursday." Let's create a chance for every American and restore the integrity of our government. "
In an interview with CBS News, Bennet emphasized that the nation is two There are enormous challenges: "Lack of economic mobility and opportunities for most Americans" and "We need to restore the integrity of our government. "
And he emphasized:" If we continue along the path we have chosen, we will be the first generation of Americans to have fewer opportunities and no longer leave the next generation. I just have to do everything we can to prevent it from happening. "
Bennet targeted Republican President Trump, saying his presidency" certainly made matters worse. "
The senator with two terms was diagnosed with prostate cancer just over a month ago and underwent surgery. His Senate office announced on April 1
Bennet said to Fox News last month, "I feel really happy. It was caught early and this is a really treatable form of cancer and we have insurance. I think I'm fine. I hope I will do it because I really want to have the chance to run in 2020. "
And on Thursday, when he announced his candidacy, he said that his cancer diagnosis was" very clear ".
Bennet, who is now joining a historically vast field of Democratic competitors, is not even the only candidate from Colorado. Former two-year Governor John Hickenlooper entered the race in March.
But Bennett named three things that he says will emphasize him. He stressed that he has "a tendency to tell the truth," he announced in Congress his mutual track record, pointing out that "I have won very tough races in a purple state and have won red shires in that state."
The Republican National Committee immediately targeted Bennet.
"Michael Bennet is just another tax and expenditures liberalist who has no chance to become president. Bennet has done nothing after more than a decade in the Senate, and for him the "unknown, unfulfilled way" of democratic pre-school is already full, "said RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens.
Bennet By late entry into the race He does not have much time to seek the stage for the first round of democratic presidential debates scheduled for the end of June.
"We've made it a little harder for myself, though I think," I think it's important in the debate, whether it be the first or the second debate, however you can do it, and we will do it. "Work to get there."
While many of his rivals for the nomination Supporters of the Medicare for All health insurance proposal for individuals are – a top article on the wish list for the progressive Democratic Party base – Bennet is not one of them He teamed with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia to develop a plan called "Medicare-X," which provides a public option for individuals to maintain their private insurance.
"I would not even call it extreme or extreme left wing or too progressive or anything like that," Bennet said when asked about "Medicare for All." "I know people out there have a public opportunity I want them to have a choice, and I know that they do not want to be dictated by the federal government, what that choice must be. "So I have the idea for & # 39; Medicare X & # 39; developed. "
He pointed out that his plan was" more accessible. "
And recalling Trump's efforts to abolish ObamaCare, Bennet argued that" we have a president who has his government is trying to relieve the medical care of millions of Americans. "
Bennet, who served as the Superintendent of the Denver public school system before the US Senate's first election victory in 2010, emphasized Endeavor to reform education.  He works for the school all year round, saying that this would narrow the gap in performance: "In the summer, the more affluent children will become better, the less well off children will lose their abilities."
that this is a place With many low-hanging fruits where we can make a huge difference … With a very smart strategic (federal) funding, we can revolutionize the community colleges in this country and we could do what we want in K Do 12, change dramatically. "
Bennet also urged that Democrats" need a president and leadership in Washington as strategic as "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
." It's not about being nice. The guy is not nice. But it's about following what he's trying to do, "he said of the long-time Republican Senator from Kentucky. "We have to be as strategic as McConnell."
But he added, "I do not think we have to be as ruthless as McConnell."