Aug 4, 2010 8:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Obama pleads with Colorado Dems to stick with Bennet

President Barack Obama is pleading with Colorado Democrats to stick with Sen. Michael Bennet in a primary challenge, calling the appointed senator "the person that I want alongside me."

Bennet is facing a primary challenge from Andrew Romanoff, a former state lawmaker who has blasted Bennet as too cozy with corporate interests. Obama joined a conference call with Colorado Democrats Tuesday evening and disputed that, saying Bennet "stood up again and again" to big corporations and was "one of the key people I needed" in the Senate to see a financial regulation overhaul pass.

The president noted that many in Colorado's mostly mail-in balloting have already voted but urged Bennet volunteers on the call to redouble efforts to boost turnout.


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