Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) pitched his presidential candidacy on Wednesday by promising that if elected to the office, he will be boring enough that Americans won’t often have to think of him.
While appearing on “The Daily Show,” host Trevor Noah asked about a tweet that Bennet had posted a day earlier, where he stated that if he wins the 2020 presidential election he will perform his duties in the background, unlike President Donald Trump who is often the center of the news cycle.
“If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for 2 weeks at a time,” Bennet tweeted. “I’ll do my job watching out for North Korea and ending this trade war. So you can go raise your kids and live your lives.”
“That’s a really interesting pitch because basically what you’re saying is vote for me because I’ll be boring and I’ll get the job done,” Noah said in reference to the tweet.
“Yeah, and it’s a job,” Bennet replied. “It’s the most important job in the world and we’ve got a reality TV star in the job and that’s no good, but he’s happy to play that part every single day.”
“I think the American people would feel liberated if they could get up in the morning, not wondering who the president of the United States was attacking by his tweets,” he continued. “Not wondering who the president of the United States was trying to divide, but knowing that we had a president who is trying to unite our country and who actually was doing his job, which is important.”
Despite vowing to stay in the background and not divide Americans, Bennet launched his own attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who he referred to as “the most malevolent and cynical” person in Washington D.C.
The Colorado senator acknowledged that the political system was “broken” prior to Trump’s term in office; Trump in part won the election in 2016 because it was broken.
Bennet further stated that the Senate, under McConnell’s leadership, stalled former President Barack Obama’s agenda and has thus far prevented a flurry of Democrat-sponsored legislation from advancing through the upper chamber, which he said is a “problem” that needs to be fixed.
“We have to fix that problem and I would never say that we should be as malevolent or as cynical as Mitch McConnell is, he is the most malevolent and cynical person in Washington, but we do need to be as strategic as he is,” Bennet said. “Washington will not fix itself. Mitch McConnell will not fix himself. It is something that the county is going to have to come together in a unified way to overcome a broken Washington.”
“We have no right to expect that it will be easy. It’s never been easy to make this country more Democratic, more fair, more free – it’s always been hard. And our job is going to be hard but it’s going to involve every single one of us,” he continued. “It’s the opposite of a president who says, ‘I alone can fix it.'”