Written by: Kristine Pratt
For a senator that was in office for 18 years, it can be tough to accept defeat. But for Senator Bob Bennett, he took it in stride and found out how to best move forward. He goes On the Record to talk about the steps he took to get where he is now.
After Senator Bennett was defeated at the state Republican Convention, many wondered about a write-in candidacy. Bennett says that he was serious about it for about 10 days. "While the competitive juices were still there, I thought about it. But I had only planned on serving another term at most." He says he realized the consequences would have been worse if he did have a write-in candidacy.
Senator Orrin Hatch is up for re-election in 2012, and Bennett says that if the political atmosphere stays the same as it is now, Hatch will have a very difficult campaign.
But he says there are new ways to reach out, and if Hatch can embrace that, he will succeed.
"Reaching constituents by the old network isn't nearly as effective as using the social media network," says Bennett. "It will change the dynamics of politics entirely."