Letter: Bennet for president

Published: 10/6/2019 12:01:20 AM

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will hold a town hall at Colby-Sawyer College’s Ware Student Center on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. I encourage you to come and listen to one of America’s most thoughtful and effective leaders.

Michael has been an important, pragmatic voice in the Senate since arriving in 2009. As a member of the bipartisan “gang of eight,” he co-authored a comprehensive immigration bill that passed overwhelmingly and remains the framework for future reform. He has worked to reform No Child Left Behind, promote clean energy, preserve public lands, combat climate change and curtail the opioid epidemic.

He helped write and pass bipartisan farm bills in 2014 and 2018 that brought stability to our farmers and ranchers. He has called for a public Medicare option to increase the number of insured and authored a recent book on election security.

Before politics, Michael was an international lawyer and director of a major investment company that turned around failing businesses. As superintendent of the Denver public schools, he oversaw innovation and higher student achievement that continues.

Sen. Bennet serves on the intelligence and finance committees. He met widespread acclaim with a floor speech during the government shutdown that went viral. I urge anyone interested in what real political leadership looks like to view it.

This progressive, results-driven record earned him a win in a historically tough seat for a Democrat. As a “purple state” leader he offers a winning general election path through victories in states like his, and ours.

PETER V. SPANOS

New London




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