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Sen. Bennet Asks Why Democrats Are Losing To Republicans Who Deny Climate Change, Cut Taxes For The Rich

Phillip Stucky Contributor

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet wondered why his party is losing to Republicans during a Sunday interview on “Meet The Press.”

Bennet described what he believes is a consensus: That Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all agree, particularly on climate change.

“To have an approach to the climate that actually builds on the 70% of American people that say climate change is real, humans are contributing to it. That is what — that is what the broad view is among the American people,” he said during the interview. “Yet we keep losing to climate deniers. We keep losing to people who are taking health care away from the American people. Losing to people who are cutting tax cuts for wealthy people and blowing up the deficit. We should ask ourselves, why are we losing to people that are adopting policies that are so antithetical to what the American people want?”(RELATED: Michael Bennet Heads To Iowa In The Wake Of Viral Ted Cruz Video)

“And a big reason for that is that we’re not talking to the middle of America, we’ve got a bi-coastal bias that’s unconstructive,” he concluded.

President Donald Trump narrowly defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the Republican party retained control of both chambers of Congress. In the 2018 election cycle, Democrats won enough races to take control of the House, but lost ground in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans are still in control.

Bennet formally announced he planned to run for president Thursday. His first statement centered heavily around building opportunity for all, and it’s expected that health care will feature heavily in his campaign. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April.

“It was detected early. It is highly treatable. I have insurance through Kaiser Permanente. I feel lucky that the doctors found it. I feel lucky that I’ll probably be OK,” Bennet said at the time. “The reason I wanted to share this is that I didn’t want anyone to make it other than what it is — a brief healthcare speed bump. Having said that, it is a reminder of how important it is for people to have health insurance and to have primary care checkups.”