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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE, they should nominate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate Bullock makes CNN debate stage Sanders draws line as 2020 health care battle heats up 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.

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"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 Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time 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