Live Stream of Michael Bennet's Victory Speech

Senator Michael Bennett rally at Noon, Civic Center Park in Denver. (Update: I removed the embed since it was a live stream and the rally is over.) Here's what was said and some followup on what message to take from Coloradans' vote yesterday:

Udall opened, standing next to Bennet, saying the outcome of the race was never in doubt. Everyone laughed. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter were right behind them.

Bennet speaks. He has been moved by the people of Colorado and their support. (Later he repeats, adding humbled and inspired.)

He says the Pundits don't know what happened in Colorado. They are scratching their heads, looking for a message for the rest of the country. He's going to help them out. [More...]

This election was never about a political message, polls or attack ads. It was about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. It was about the people.

This election was about the schoolchildren. Their zip code won't define the quality of their education.

This election was not about Republican or Democrat ideals, it was about American ideals.

He thanks Governor Ritter and Colorado.

He will fight for health care and jobs. He says the words of both political parties are obsolete. He stops speaking for a minute to turn around and hug Gov. Bill Ritter who just arrived.

He's going back to Washington to deliver the message that we have to change. He introduces his family and says this was not possible without them, it hasn't been easy on them. His young daughters address everyone, speaking in unison. (I couldn't make out what they said.)

He says change is hard, we can't get it done overnight but we can get it done together.

About Ken Buck: After the customary "he worked hard" and is dedicated, he says the pundits would be wrong to assume their stark differences mean that Coloradans are deeply divided. Coloradans just want an effective government.

He ends with recounting his family's history and flight from the Holocaust and more thanks to Colorado. Right after he ends, he shouts "There he is, my boss" as John Hickenlooper arrives. The end.

My thoughts: We sure dodged a big bullet with Sen. Bennet's win over Ken Buck. The Tea Party didn't take Colorado, we still have a Democratic Governor, two Democratic Senators, and three Democratic Congresspersons. Hickenlooper, DeGette, Polis and Perlmutter won by big margins. The two Republicans who kept their seats were in heavily Republican districts, their relection was never in doubt. Betsy Markey's district was always iffy. Remember, her predecessor was Marilyn Musgrave, a staunch conservative. Plus, she always seemed to be hanging on by a thread.

The only seat the new wave of conservatives pulled an upset in was that of John Salazar. His district also is not a traditional Democratic one And John Salazar bears a lot of responsibility for his loss -- he practically ignored the race until August, while Tipton campaigned for a year.

I would say the message for pundits about Colorado is "Still the same." We haven't lost our marbles and fallen for the shallow rhetoric of disgruntled, conservative Republicans. We turned out to vote much like we've always voted. We kept in place the leaders who have served us well, and we added to them a Governor who shares their values. And ours.

I'm sorry John Salazar and Betsy Markey lost, but there are many reasons for those losses, other than that there was a sea change in Coloradans' view of their Government brought about by tea partiers. That just didn't happen. We're smarter than that.

Colorado's election results, with 97% of the vote counted, are here.

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    Bennett's little daughter (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Cream City on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 01:27:45 PM EST
    is a hoot and camera hog.

    That does not, by any means, mean that I want to see her on Dancing with the Preschool Stars.

    Bennet, Murray in WA... (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by magster on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 02:12:29 PM EST
    Malloy in CT, Kitzhaber in OR, all Dem squeakers.  GOTV.

    The post on Harry Reid's at Kos was really interesting, and Bennet's campaign was not dissimilar insofar as Bennet really came back when he defined Buck as an extremist and misogynist.

    Great victory (none / 0) (#1)
    by MKS on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 01:11:23 PM EST
    Very nice man.

     And Tancredo bit the dust underperforming his poll numbers.

    Mahalo (none / 0) (#4)
    by MKS on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 02:01:25 PM EST

    Republicans ousted from Hawaii--as it should be.

    lets hope this western trend (none / 0) (#5)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 02:05:10 PM EST
    takes a que from standard weather patterns and moves east

    Race-baiting in Hawaii? (none / 0) (#8)
    by MKS on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 03:08:45 PM EST
    Where could I see that?  What insanity....

    All because Bush was at one time supposedly within 3 points of Kerry in 2004, and dispatched Cheney to make a campaign visit there....