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Sen. Michael Bennet says he's cancer-free after surgery

The Colorado Democrat said earlier this month that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine physical.

DENVER — Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and potential 2020 presidential candidate has been been given a clean bill of health after undergoing cancer surgery, according to a statement from his office.

“Last weekend, Michael underwent surgery and is recovering at his home in Colorado," the statement says. "His doctors report the surgery was completely successful and he requires no further treatment. Michael and his family deeply appreciate the well wishes and support from Coloradans and others across the country, and he looks forward to returning to work after the recess.”

Earlier this month, the 54-year-old said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer after he getting a physical. At the time he said he planned to have his prostate gland removed after the Congress spring recess.

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Unlike several candidates in the 2020 race, Bennet opposes single-payer government health care. But he said in the wake of his cancer diagnosis that "the idea that the richest country in the world hasn't figured out how to have universal health care is beyond embarrassing."

In an earlier interview with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, Bennet confirmed he will enter the presidential race if doctors give him a clean bill of health after surgery.

Bennet, a former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, became a senator in 2009.

If Bennet does stick with his plans to join the race, he'd be one of two Democrats from Colorado running for president. Former Governor John Hickenlooper announced his campaign last month.

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