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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet Recovering From Prostate Surgery

Michael Bennet
Courtesy Bennet for Colorado

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is recovering from prostate surgery his doctors are calling successful.

Bennet’s office released a statement Friday saying he had the surgery last weekend.

“Last weekend, Michael underwent surgery and is recovering at his home in Colorado. His doctors report the surgery was completely successful and he requires no further treatment. Michael and his family deeply appreciate the well wishes and support from Coloradans and others across the country, and he looks forward to returning to work after the recess.”

Bennet told the Colorado Independent Wednesday that he had intended to announce his presidential bid in April and decided to get a physical beforehand. He told the website he still intends to run for president if he's cancer-free after surgery.

Unlike several candidates in the 2020 race, Bennet opposes single-payer government health care. But he said in the wake of his cancer diagnosis that "the idea that the richest country in the world hasn't figured out how to have universal health care is beyond embarrassing."

In his statement, Bennet said, "This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country."

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