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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE, they should nominate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetYang: 2020 rivals in Senate should be able to campaign amid impeachment Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first 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 BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers 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