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Statement by the President-Elect on the Appointment of Michael Bennet to the U.S. Senate from Colorado
January 3, 2009
Filling Ken Salazar's boots in the US Senate is a tall order. But in selecting Michael Bennet, Governor Ritter has made an excellent choice.

Michael Bennet perfectly reflects the qualities of the ruggedly independent state he has been chosen to serve. An innovator in the public and private sectors, he has shown himself willing to challenge old thinking and stale policies.

His breakthrough work at the helm of Denver's schools has reflected that commitment, and established Michael as one of the nation's leading education reformers.

He will be a breath of fresh air in Washington.

Citation: Barack Obama: "Statement by the President-Elect on the Appointment of Michael Bennet to the U.S. Senate from Colorado", January 3, 2009. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=85358.
 
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