President Barack Obama “pleaded with Colorado Democrats on Tuesday to stick with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in a primary challenge, calling the appointed senator ‘the person that I want alongside me,’” the AP reports.
Bennet faces a primary challenge from Andrew Romanoff, a former state lawmaker who has blasted Bennet as being too cozy with corporate interests.
Obama, in a conference call with state Democrats who have yet to return mail-in ballots, disputed the criticism from Romanoff, saying Bennet "stood up again and again" to big corporations and was "one of the key people I needed" in the Senate to shepherd through a financial regulation recently signed into law.
"We’ve accomplished an incredible amount over the last 18 months, but we’ve got a lot more work to do, and Michael’s the person that I was alongside me when we do it," said Obama.
The mostly mail-in primary election “wraps up Aug. 10.”
The Democratic candidate faces the winner of the GOP primary contest, either prosecutor Ken Buck or former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.
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