George Will says Democrats should nominate Bennet to beat Trump in 2020

Conservative columnist George Will wrote in a column published Thursday that if Democrats want to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE, they should nominate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists MORE (D-Colo.). 

Will argued in the op-ed that Bennet "checks a requisite number of progressive boxes" due to his stances on issues like climate change and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, but "refrained from frightening and mystifying voters" like others who have called to eliminate private health insurance or pack the Supreme Court. 

"If Democrats are as serious as they say they are about defeating Donald Trump, Bennet should be their nominee," he wrote.

"Bennet has won two Senate races in a swing state that is evenly divided between Democrats, Republicans and independents," Will added. "He can distinguish between what he calls 'the Twitter version of the Democratic Party' and the 'actual' version."

Wilson also noted that Bennet, 54, is younger than candidates like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE, 76, so he has not had to apologize for stances he took decades ago. 

Bennet in May entered a crowded Democratic field as a long-shot candidate. He is among more than two dozen people vying for the nomination. 

Will is a conservative columnist but has been a frequent critic of Trump and the Republican Party, which he has labeled a "cult" of the president