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Gazette Premium Content Sen. Michael Bennet tries working-class jobs in shutdown tour of Colorado

The Gazette - Updated: October 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., bused tables at Adam's Mountain Café in Manitou Springs on Monday as part of his "Coloradans Don't Shut Down" Tour.

He was kicking off a tour around Colorado performing a variety of everyday jobs.

"I want to demonstrate that notwithstanding all this nonsense in Washington, D.C., Coloradans are working hard to provide for their families," Bennet said.

When asked how he like busing tables, he was quick to say, "I felt a lot more productive here than in recent weeks in Washington, D.C."

Bennet is also touring a meatpacking assembly line in Fowler and a John Deere dealership in Alamosa on Tuesday.

Along with working at the Manitou Springs café, the junior senator already rode along with police officers in Pueblo. He also plans to try substitute teaching in Denver.

It's a big change for the Yale-educated lawyer. Bennet made millions working for the Anschutz Investment Co. and has been in the U.S. Senate since 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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