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Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado says Trump could win the election “overwhelmingly”

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado says Trump could win the election “overwhelmingly”

In a blow to President Biden’s efforts to revive his candidacy, Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said in a television interview Tuesday night that he believes Democrats could lose the House, Senate and White House if Biden remains the party’s nominee, calling the course of the race “very concerning” for the future of the country.

“This is the first time in more than 20 years that a Republican president has been ahead in this part of the race,” Bennet said in an interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “Donald Trump, in my opinion, is well on his way to winning this election, perhaps overwhelmingly, and taking the Senate and the House with him.”

“For me, this is not a question of polls; it is not a question of politics. It is a moral question about the future of our country,” Bennet continued. “It is critical that we confront what is ahead if we are to collectively put this country on the path to re-elect Donald Trump.”

Since his weak performance at the June 27 debate, Biden has stressed that he has no intention of ending his candidacy and argued that party elites are trying to push him out of the race. At the same time, his advisers and allies have aggressively sought to assuage Democratic lawmakers’ concerns and keep them from speaking publicly about them. To that end, Biden sent a letter to members of Congress on Monday arguing that it was time to end the debate over his candidacy because it was a distraction from efforts to defeat Trump.

The Biden team’s efforts to prevent further defections appeared to pay off on Monday, as key party leaders, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed strong support for his candidacy.

But many members continue to privately express concern about the president’s declining poll numbers and doubt whether he can regain the trust of the broad mass of American voters who no longer believe he is fit for the office.

Bennet raised his concerns Tuesday after a tense private lunch with other senators on Capitol Hill. He confirmed that he had raised the same concerns earlier in the day at the lunch with his colleagues. While he did not specifically call for Biden to resign, he said in the CNN interview that since what he called a “disastrous debate” the White House has “done nothing to show that it has a plan to win this election.”

“I think they have to do that,” he added.

During the lunch, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who faces a difficult re-election battle, said he seriously doubts Biden can win the presidential election, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

When asked for comment, Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz did not directly address Bennet’s comments, but emphasized: “There are still many days until Election Day, and the hard work of winning every single vote is far from over.”

“No one is more determined than Joe Biden to defeat Donald Trump and defend our democracy, and few know better than Joe Biden the importance of showing up and campaigning to win voter support,” Munoz said in a statement.