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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE, they should nominate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash 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 BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race 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