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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Launches 2020 Campaign

He’s served as Denver mayor, Colorado governor, and now he wants to be president of the United States. Can he navigate the crowded 2020 Democratic field?

By NTK Staff | 03.04.2019 @10:29am
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Launches 2020 Campaign

After months of speculation, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) made it official on Monday: he’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The former governor, who is pitching himself as both an idealist and a pragmatist, released a video saying, “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.”

Hickenlooper will host a kickoff rally in Denver on Thursday, followed by a two-day tour through Iowa, a state where Hickenlooper will need to play catch up, per Politico:

The former Colorado governor begins at a disadvantage there, with low name recognition and a smaller campaign infrastructure than most rivals. While his name is a familiar one to older Iowa voters — a cousin, the late Bourke Hickenlooper, served as a Republican governor in the 1940s and later represented the state in the Senate for 24 years — John Hickenlooper was excluded from the latest poll.

During a recent appearance at the Story County Democratic Party’s annual soup supper in Ames, the former Colorado governor was the only presidential candidate who wore a name tag. California Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who also attended the supper, didn’t feel the need.

Hickenlooper is the second candidate with executive experience to announce his presidential plans in just a few days. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee entered the growing Democratic field on Friday. It’s that executive experience that Hickenlooper sees as his advantage in 2020:

“They may be debaters or dreamers, and we need that,” he added of other candidates. “We need debaters. We need to debate policy and dreams to create new policy. But I’m a doer, and I think in a funny way I’m the one person that can say I have again and again and again brought people together.”

The question will be whether he can earn himself a big enough platform to be heard by voters across the country, particularly when so many other candidates with bigger platforms are competing for the same voters.

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