Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) discussed his fiery speech Thursday on the Senate floor attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over the shutdown in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on MSNBC's 'Meet the Press Daily.'
Bennet called President Trump an "accelerant" to the problems in Washington and succeeded in his job of blowing "this place up."
"I think that the country is moving in a terrible direction," Bennet fretted. "I think Donald Trump is much more a symptom of our problems than he is the creator of our problems, he's an accelerant. He was sent here to blow this place up, that's what people in my state who voted for him said and guess what, they succeeded."
CHUCK TODD, 'MEET THE PRESS DAILY' HOST: You do realize that if the House starts moving to investigate the president, it's not going to help relations on Capitol Hill?
SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO): That's probably true, but I think people who are in these jobs have a decision to make about whether they want to make a contribution or not to preserving these institutions. And I think we are at -- I never thought -- I'm not even going to say we're at rock bottom, but we're scraping against rock bottom right now.
TODD: Every time you think we're at bottom we keep digging.
BENNET: Something else happens, you're right.
TODD: I'll be honest.
BENNET: It's terrible.
TODD: Before I let you go, you running for president? I know you've had some people try to get you in to this thing -- you showed a lot of passion today. I could see -- you have any plans to go to Des Moines or Manchester any time soon?
BENNET: I don't know, I don't know -- I'm thinking about it, Chuck, like every single other person in this building is thinking about it. So I'll let you know.
TODD: Well I appreciate the straightforwardness there. What -- why are you thinking about it and what would stop you?
BENNET: Because I -- because I think that the country is moving in a terribly -- in a terrible direction. I think Donald Trump is much more a symptom of our problems than he is the creator of our problems, he's an accelerant. He was sent here to blow this place up -- that's what people in my state who voted for him said and guess what, they succeeded.
But now we've got to pick up the pieces and we've got to begin to make investments in the next generation of Americans again. We've got to make sure that people can fully participate as citizens in this democracy. So there's a lot of work for us to do going forward and I think there are ways of working on that here, and there are also ways of working on that in a presidential campaign.
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