Michael Bennet, the Democratic junior senator from Colorado, is running for re-election against tea party-backed Republican Ken Buck, the district attorney for Weld County, Colo. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 elections, here are answers to some questions about Bennet's life.
What is Michael Bennet's religion?
Bennet does not affiliate with a particular religion but says he believes in God.
Where does Michael Bennet worship?
Bennet does not worship with a congregation. He and his wife were married
by an Episcopal priest.
What religion was Michael Bennet born into?
Bennet's father is a Christian and his mother is Jewish. "I was raised with two different heritages, one was Jewish and one was Christian," Bennet has said. "I am proud that both heritages are part of me, and I believe in God." His maternal grandparents and his mother escaped from Poland during the Holocaust.
What is Michael Bennet's position on the Islamic center planned for near the World Trade Center site in Manhattan?
When asked by a Denver newspaper, Bennet's campaign released a statement
that said: "Freedom of religion is one of the most cherished traditions in our Constitution and our history. Michael believes this is a decision for New Yorkers to make and hopes a site can be chosen that alleviates the current tensions and is sensitive to the memory of September 11th."
Is Michael Bennet concerned that his agnosticism will affect his campaign?
"I'm not concerned about that at all," Bennet said about his atypical Coloradoan heritage. "I think we've moved beyond that in our politics."
What is Michael Bennet's position on Israel?
Bennet is an outspoken supporter of Israel.
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