Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet made the case for the United States to uphold its commitment to Ukraine and support America’s democratic partners across the globe.
On FOX News’ The World with Neil Cavuto, Bennet said:
“[T]he money that Ukraine has spent, Neil, they have the receipts, and their receipts are that they've taken back half of the Russian territory that Putin stole from them. The receipts are the battles that they've won – battle after battle after battle – starting with the battle for Kyiv, which they were supposed to lose in 72 hours.
“And we have spent a very small percent of our GDP to support them in an effort – a war that they have waged on their behalf, of course, but also on NATO's behalf and on behalf of the free world.”
On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Bennet said:
“The Ukrainian people have shown that there are still people in this world that will fight and give their lives for democracy. And I think, at this point, Putin knows he's having real trouble on the battlefield. His army has, in many ways, collapsed under the pressure of Ukraine. The battlefield he's counting on winning on is the battlefield of division in our political system, the battlefield on Capitol Hill, and we just cannot allow that to happen.
“We got 67 votes to move this bill forward. That's more than two-thirds of the Senate. I hope we can hang in there with a vote that's that big – not just for Ukraine, but for Israel, for Taiwan, as well as for the humanitarian aid for Gaza – and that we can send a very strong bipartisan message to the House, that this country is not going to cut and run on democracy.”
On NBC New Now’s Hallie Jackson Reports, Bennet said:
“Ukraine is literally out of bullets, and over the last two years, they’ve achieved so much more than anyone could’ve imagined, pushing Putin back. And they’ve stood up not just for themselves, but for democracy, for NATO, for us.
“This is a critical moment when our resolve is being tested, when our resolve is in the balance, and we’ve got to get it done this weekend.”
On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Bennet said:
“The American people need us to lead the world at this critical moment for Western democracy and for Ukraine, and you have a party that is governed by somebody who doesn't care about any of that...”
“Zelenskyy has told us if we don't fund them, they will lose. And I'm telling you, Putin does not know that he can win on the battlefield in Ukraine. He has no idea whether he’ll be able to win because of what the Ukrainians have been able to do. The battlefield he's counting on winning on is the battlefield here, the dysfunction here.”
On MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart Reports, Bennet said:
“This is a profound test of our resolve as a nation, and this is a moment when the United States has to lead our allies, not just in Europe but around the world, because if we don't, this war will not end. It will never end. Putin will continue his invasion of Ukraine, Xi Jinping will continue to rattle his swords with respect to Taiwan.”
“Putin is not doing that well on the Ukrainian battlefield. The battlefield he's trying to win on is here. He can read our newspapers. He looks at our social media. In fact, he manipulates our social media. He knows how dysfunctional we are and he's counting to win on that dysfunction.
“I think he's going to be surprised this weekend that the U.S. Senate is going to come together and do the right thing. Then, we're going to need the house to do the right thing as well.”