Carville backing Bennet's 2020 White House bid

Carville backing Bennet's 2020 White House bid
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Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has formally endorsed Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHouse Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 'The Senate could certainly use a pastor': Georgia Democrat seeks to seize 'moral moment' Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE’s (D) long-shot presidential campaign, saying he thinks that the Colorado senator is the best candidate to face President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE due to what he calls stark differences between the two men. 

“The best way to beat Donald Trump is to show you’re not him in any way, shape or form,” Carville said in a statement released by the Bennet campaign Monday.

“Sen. Bennet has less in common with Donald Trump than any human being in the United States when it comes to worldview, priorities, and demeanor,” the strategist behind former President Clinton’s 1992 campaign added. “Sen. Bennet is the opposite of Trump and is the best Democrat to take him on.”

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Carville also said in his endorsement that Bennet would be the “best” president. Carville had been lauding Bennet publicly for months before his official endorsement on Monday.

Carville predicted that Bennet will “surprise people,” specifically predicting the senator will do well in the New Hampshire primary next month. 

“I think Se. Bennet is uniquely suited for New Hampshire,” Carville said. “It’s a historical fact that people like him do well there.”

Despite the backing of Carville, Bennet has lagged way behind his opponents in the polls.

RealClearPolitics average of polling has Bennet at less than 1 percent in the Granite State, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) is leading in the state with 21.3 percent support based on the RCP average.

Bennet had 2 percent support based on a survey from Monmouth University Poll released last week of 401 likely Democratic primary votes in New Hampshire.