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Senate Republican candidate vows to ‘actively campaign against’ Trump

Joe O’Dea, the Republican challenging Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in this year’s midterm elections, pledged to “actively campaign against” former President Donald Trump.

An interview with CNN anchor Dana Bash on Sunday turned to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, which O’Dea called a “black eye” for the country, and he called for accountability, as well as getting the country to move forward.


“I don’t think Donald Trump should run again,” O’Dea added. ” I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we have got four or five really great Republicans right now.”

He listed other leading members of the party, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who like Trump, is considered a top-tier candidate for the GOP if he decides to run for the presidential nomination in 2024.

Joe O’Dea, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, speaks during a primary election night watch party, late June 28, 2022, in Denver. O’Dea is the rare Republican Senate candidate who supports abortion rights, up until the latter stages of pregnancy, when he thinks a government ban on the procedure is justified.

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

“Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, they could run and serve for eight years. I’m going to do my job as a U.S. senator to make sure that they have good campaigns in the primary here, so we have a good selection of candidates for 2024,” O’Dea said.


O’Dea, a businessman who hasn’t been afraid to say Trump lost the 2020 election, is putting up a fierce challenge against Bennet, the Democratic incumbent.

A survey reported by the Washington Examiner in late August showed a virtual tie between the two, while the Cook Political Report rates the race as “lean” Democrat.

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