Created: October 14, 2019 07:15 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- 2020 democratic presidential candidate and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet returned to Iowa, Monday. He spoke to a crowd of caucus goers at Hy-Vee in Mason City who left the democratic party in 2016, people he says are now critical for taking the white house in 2020.
"It's really important in order to win this race. We're going to have to unify the Democratic Party, but that's not going to be enough. We've also got to reach some of the nine million people who voted twice for Barack Obama and once for Donald Trump," Bennet said.
"With somebody new that had a lot of ideas and made a lot of promises, it was really easy for people to say, 'Yep, nope this is something totally different so I think it's going to work,'" said Iowa resident, Britta Grebner.
Cerro Gordo County was one of the counties that made the switch to red in the last election. Bennet is hoping to unify counties like Cerro Gordo.
"I feel like I'm in a position to be able to reach those folks because I come from a purple state in the western part of the United States. It's a state that's exactly a third Republican, a third independent, and a third democratic. The policy's that I pursued over the course of time that I've been in the senate for the last ten years, and now as a candidate for president, I think to have a real chance of unifying the country rather than dividing us further," Bennet said.
"I think it's definitely important to get everyone kind of unified on what the values of the county are and what they think is important," said Britta.
Whether rural like Mason City or urban, Bennet says the issue is universal.
"We got to find a way to stitch this country back together again after having such a divisive president this last term. I think we need somebody who's going to bring us all back together, and that's why I'm spending time in places like Mason City," said Bennet.
Bennet said he thinks his conversations with caucus goers went well and there were good questions and observations about topics like income inequality, immigration, and education.
Bennet did not meet the threshold to make it on stage for the fourth Democratic presidential debate which takes place on Tuesday, October 15.
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