16:51 GMT17 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet said Sunday he wanted to get on with the campaign for president and announce he is running “as soon as I can” despite being diagnosed with cancer.

    “I’d like to get on with this. I’m looking forward to running in 2020… I don’t think it should keep me off the trail,” he told CNN.

    Bennet made his diagnosis public on Wednesday. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine screening, he said, adding it was in an early stage and potentially curable.

    ​During the CNN interview, Bennet reiterated that healthcare was an important part of his program. He proposes a “more practical” alternative to Medicare, which would allow citizens to buy into a government-run insurance plan.

    ​Among other possible candidates is Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been urged by several European leaders to enter the race. Though recently he has faced a number of accusations over his alleged inclination for close physical contact which made some women feel uneasy.

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