Hickenlooper Basically Tells Politico He’s Running in 2020, Shares Doubts About His Chances Hickenlooper Basically Tells Politico He’s Running in 2020, Shares Doubts About His Chances – NTK Network

Hickenlooper Basically Tells Politico He’s Running in 2020, Shares Doubts About His Chances

The outgoing Colorado governor opened up to Politico in a piece published on Wednesday. Did he open up too much?

By NTK Staff | 09.26.2018 @11:15am
Hickenlooper Basically Tells Politico He’s Running in 2020, Shares Doubts About His Chances

In a new profile published by Politico, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is perhaps more open than ever before about his desire to run for president in 2020. Hickenlooper talked with the D.C. publication about the progressive movement in the Trump era, his strengths and weaknesses as a candidate, and more.

Hickenlooper may have shared too much, though, openly admitting that “[p]eople like me” – he’s likely referring to old, white men – “have been casualties along the side of the road” of a progressive movement elevating women and people of color in 2018.

Hickenlooper himself volunteers he is “working with how to talk about” his centrist political profile in a Democratic presidential primary where the grassroots energy will be on the left and progressive women and non-white candidates will capture the interest of the party base as never before.

“Look at all these primaries, right?” he said in an interview, referring to this year’s historic gains by women candidates and progressives. “People like me have been casualties along the side of the road in many of these cases.”

Hickenlooper could have been referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset high-ranking House Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in a primary this summer, and others like Ocasio-Cortez.

Hickenlooper’s friends and allies hinted that the governor’s bluntness may be “a fault,” or, potentially, an asset, if he runs in 2020.

“He’s a very honest guy,” [former Colorado U.S. senator Gary] Hart said. “He’s blunt to a fault. By that I mean, he’ll just say exactly what’s on his mind. There’s very little guile or trickery, if any. That’s what his appeal has been here.”

Hickenlooper also appeared to divulge some of his strategy if he chooses to run: offer media “unrelenting” access to him, like the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) did on his 2000 “Straight Talk Express,” and talk about ‘shared’ Democratic views on issues like the environment, health care, public safety, and more.

How Hickenlooper does in this contest – at a moment when the Democratic base seems to be demanding more liberal firebrands and less self-proclaimed centrists – remains to be seen. One thing seems sure, though: he’s running.

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