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While other candidates have been playing into the chaotic nature of the run-up to 2020 presidential primaries, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) made a pitch to voters that was the exact opposite: he promised to be boring.
The Colorado senator, who is currently polling near the bottom of the wide array of candidates, made the pitch to potential voters in a tweet on Tuesday.
“If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for 2 weeks at a time,” Bennet wrote. “I’ll do my job watching out for North Korea and ending this trade war. So you can go raise your kids and live your lives.”
If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for 2 weeks at a time.— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) August 6, 2019
I’ll do my job watching out for North Korea and ending this trade war.
So you can go raise your kids and live your lives.
It’s likely the Colorado senator was trying to contrast his style of governing to what has been an unorthodox few years under President Donald Trump.
But the tweet wasn’t taken that way by a lot of people.
"I'll be boring" is a sales pitch for our times https://t.co/V4VmtZ2r8T— David Uberti (@DavidUberti) August 6, 2019
🎵This is my fight song. 🎵 https://t.co/5GHyUrZaMc— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordStuff) August 6, 2019
Incredibly compelling message. https://t.co/C8gcjLaGac— Sweetjulielynn (@sweetjulielynn) August 6, 2019
Bennet 2020: I promise to be as boring as I seem https://t.co/LRks9fFs1W— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 6, 2019
If the lesson you took from the last decade of politics is that people should be less engaged and not more, you clearly have not been paying attention https://t.co/MCEWkDgarh— Nick Horowitz (@ztiworoh) August 6, 2019
Elect me so you don't have to bother giving a shit about anything that's going on. Inspiring https://t.co/7PhJrXxmCj— dylan (@clrkd) August 6, 2019
Others did seem to be here for not having to have a hyper-attentive finger on the nation’s political pulse.
Honestly, I stan. https://t.co/jTzGhjGdaX— Rachel Kantrowitz (@rkant18) August 6, 2019
I like this pitch. A lot. https://t.co/TjjXtj6aK3— Gal Beckerman (@galbeckerman) August 6, 2019
Not exactly the stuff of swing-for-the-fences, aspirational campaign promises ... but at least it's refreshingly honest. https://t.co/PdKTytEVaE— Colin Duffy (@TheRightDuff) August 6, 2019
This is the smartest strategy I've seen so far. Make America Normal Again https://t.co/phazMiEUvJ— Mike Bowen (@DrMBowen) August 6, 2019
Bennet has yet to meet the thresholds needed to secure a spot in the next 2020 Democratic debate in September, so it remains to be seen if this anodyne message will become part of a broader pitch to primary voters.
Or if it will just make him even more forgottable.
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Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).