May 7th, 2010
06:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Sen. Bob Bennett faces tough fight at GOP convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Bob Bennett is facing the possibility of failing to even making it to a primary."]Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - The political fate of three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett will be decided Saturday when 3,500 delegates cast ballots at the party convention.

Bennett faces the real possibility of failing even to make it to a primary, depending on the results of the state's GOP convention Saturday.

" 'Shocked' is not the right word. I'm adjusting," Bennett said. "The anger against Washington is very, very palpable - very, very strong. And since I am in Washington, I become the focus of that anger."

The 76-year-old incumbent is facing off against seven challengers, all of whom are more conservative.

One of the key men leading the effort to oust Bennett is political newcomer David Kirkham, who last year founded the state's Tea Party chapter. He wants to punish the senator for his vote to authorize the 2008 financial bailout.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It is also a bad time to be a worthless welfare slob from the party of "No!" As an elected republican; No work for the salary and benefits they are paid, No concern about Americans, No regulations on the health insurance industry, No regulations on Big Oil, and No regulations on the TBTF banks and Wall Street. That might be the reason for no support.

    May 7, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    But you're a Republican Mr. Bennet, it's the Republicans not voting for you, not Washington.

    May 7, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Livin' the good life

    The answer(s) to this...plain and simple...The American people are TIRED of the way the so-called Relic' "party" is constantly saying NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO (need I go on...), have NO new ideas, NOTHING to TRY to HELP Americans, along with all the hate and indecisiveness, foot-dragging etc, etc, etc coming out of their mouths...We NEED people who will do the job FOR the American people, NOT obstruct, waste time and fill THEIR pockets with money until the next election. Boy will we be in deeper $h1t if ANY of the Relics get back in. It may not be peachy keen with the Demos but, it IS better than the last 10 years or so. THAT is the TRUTH!...Beau Colby

    May 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Tea-baggers want to remove Repubs who follow the party goose step without question? Who would be left?
    Granted I have no wish for this Simpsons character to stay in Congress, but which arrogant jerk (tea-bagger) would replace him?

    May 7, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Why Does God Hate Red States?

    Utah: Come for the great skiing, stay for our Taliban leaders.

    May 7, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Mickey, NY

    The only way this country is going to move forward is to oust all the GOP dinosaurs like Bennett.

    May 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. ehwilson429

    bennett has been unmasked as the ultimate DC insider. next will come his buddy PHONY conservative HATCH!

    May 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    We need to take all of the Party of No out. They contribute nothing to try and help save this country. All they do is sit on the sideline and poke at our President, I am amazed that he has been able to accomplish in spite of them. Thank God we have a President who will not back down and will not give up on helping the American people.

    May 7, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Not Republican

    We have a black president so the biggots (Tea Partiers) are coming out of the woodwork. They would rather have idiot, big spender, war mongers (Bush/Cheney) than an intellectual superior (Obama) who actually might salvage the damage done by the GOP over the past decade... if they'll let him.

    May 7, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. kd

    To be more conservative that Bennett, you would need to be John Birch. Utah's a pit and it's filling up fast with vipers.

    I speak as a Utahn.

    May 7, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. works for me

    When are we going to put an end to the career politicians? Limit their time to three terms. Let's get some fresh and constructive ideas.
    NO more just NO! Come up with concise and well thought out plans and remember it's FOR THE PEOPLE... not for the Party!
    Bag the geezers

    May 7, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Carol

    76? He'll be 82 or 83 if he is re-elected and lasts until the end of his next term. Do these people think they're going to live forever? Retire already.

    May 7, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Dennis

    There should not be any Senator "shocked" at the outrage of the Middle Class americans right now. If they are shocked it is because they are NOT listening. I called my Senator to urge him to vote for Middle Class americans and vote for the financial reform bill. Instead I got a "sales pitch" why it wasn't a good bill. Let me be the judge of that, remember YOU WORK FOR ME!!!!! , even though he gets paid by Wall Street and the INSURANCE COMPANIES. Americans are getting tired of the greed and corruption and the games Wall Street plays.

    May 7, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. same rethuglicans

    yea baggers, rethuglicans, why in the world would he want to be a part of that?

    May 7, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. George of the jungle

    Anyone who has lived in Utha knows it is more than conservitive. It is also dictated by the church . This extends to every aspect of life there. To bad they are getting more conservitive. It makes for a real tea bagger state.

    May 7, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |