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Michael Bennet campaigns on CSU campus days before election

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(Luke Walker, Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

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Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) was on the plaza Thursday to talk to students and encourage them to vote.

“I am underscoring how important it is for people to vote … at the Presidential level and in the Senate race and other races as well,” he said. “CSU, the student body, it really could make a difference in the outcome of the election in Colorado.”

Senator Michael Bennet speaks to a crowd in front of  Lory Student Center Plaza on Nov 3, 2016. (Luke Walker | Collegian)
Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) speaks to a crowd in front of Lory Student Center Plaza on Nov 3, 2016. (Luke Walker | Collegian)

Along with the issues that he wants to work on if re-elected, such as education, health care, immigration, veteran’s rights and national security, Bennet wants to help lead the Senate out of the dysfunction it is in that has led to Congress currently having a 15 percent approval rating.

Known for working across the aisle, Bennet said that he hopes to continue doing so in order to move legislation that is important to the country and to Colorado.

The Republican nominee for Bennet’s seat, Darryl Glenn, has the opposite stance, having said that he is tired of Republicans complaining and wanting to reach across the aisle.

“It’s exactly the opposite of my approach, and I don’t think that’s the right way to represent Colorado,” Bennet said of his opponent’s style.

The rally attracted a crowd of about 60 people. The Larimer County Democrats hosted a booth to hand out campaign stickers and make campaign t shirts.

Several protesters were also in attendance, wearing Donald Trump shirts and holding up signs that said “Darryl Glenn for Colorado.” While Bennet was being interviewed by CTV, the protesters stood with supporters, hoping to be picked up by the camera. Bennet supporters held ‘Bennet for Colorado’ signs behind the interview.

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Darryl Glenn, the Republican Senate nominee for Colorado, will be on campus on Friday to speak to students about the upcoming election.

The race between Bennet and Glenn will conclude on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Ballots can be dropped off in the Lory Student Center Ballroom between the following times:

  • Thursday, Nov. 3 to Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Collegian reporter Stuart Smith can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @notstuartsmith.

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