Michael Bennet on cancer diagnosis: 'I don’t see this stopping me' from 2020 run
Sen. Michael Bennet says he’s optimistic he’ll soon be running for president.
The two-term Colorado Democrat – who announced last week that he recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer – told Fox News, “I feel really lucky. It was caught early and this is a really treatable form of cancer and we have insurance. I think I’m going to be fine. I hope I will because I really want to have the opportunity to run in 2020.”
Bennet was interviewed Sunday as he campaigned in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
Pointing to then-Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts – the 2004 Democratic nominee who had successful cancer surgery at the onset of his presidential campaign – Bennet, 54, said, “John was 59 when he had the same operation. He had it and two weeks later he was in California, doing what he needed to do out there to campaign. So I take this seriously, but if all goes well I don’t see this stopping me.”
Bennet didn’t bring up his diagnosis during a question-and-answer session with the Rockingham County Democrats that lasted over an hour, but members of the crowd wished him well.
“I don’t feel the need to bring it up myself. I’m glad to talk about it if people want to raise it,” he told Fox News.