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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 BennetTop Democrat pushes for tying unemployment insurance to economic conditions 50-50 Senate opens the door to solutions outlasting Trump's moment of violence Build trust in vaccines by investing in community workers MORE’s (D) long-shot presidential campaign, saying he thinks that the Colorado senator is the best candidate to face President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 SandersBiden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 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.