Colorado Sen. Bennet launches Democratic presidential bid

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-CO, has joined the race for president. (Source: U.S. Senate/MGN)

DENVER (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

The three-term senator made the announcement Thursday on CBS' "CBS This Morning." He is now among more than 20 Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination.

The 54-year-old Bennet is a former head of the Denver school district who carved out a profile as a wonky, policy-oriented senator. He gained internet fame this year for a harsh scolding of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas over the government shutdown.

Bennet was close to launching a presidential campaign after that but had to pause it after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer .

Bennet's office said last month that the senator was successfully treated. That cleared the way for Thursday's launch.

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