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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Bennet Criticizes Democrats On Senate Floor (VIDEO)

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, responding to criticism that he did not extract his own concessions during the health care debate, forcefully called out his own party Monday for engaging in 'backroom deals.' "Just because others choose to engage in the same tired Washington rituals," Bennet said, "doesn't mean that I have to."

Bennet was referring specifically to deals like those made by Senate Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, both of whom forced amendments to the Senate bill that would divert resources to their states.

Folllowing the statement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement criticizing "Colorado's un-elected Senator" for "apparently want[ing] his constituents to believe that this vote never happened,"

Watch Bennet's Condemnation Of 'Backroom Deals':