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Colorado US Senate 2020

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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:39 am

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announces 2020 presidential campaign

Denver (CNN) Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday announced he is running for president, launching a 2020 campaign in which he will lean on his Western roots and decades of executive experience.

He made the announcement in a video titled "Standing Tall," which tracks Hickenlooper's life from laid-off geologist, to owner of a brew pub, to mayor of Denver and to governor, and touts the Democrat's experience in a variety of fields as a key reason he should be the person to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. Hickenlooper casts the President as a "bully" in the more than two-minute video.

"I'm running for president because we're facing a crisis that threatens everything we stand for," Hickenlooper says in the video as images of Trump play. "As a skinny kid with coke bottle glasses and a funny last name, I've stood up to my fair share of bullies."

He adds: "I'm running for president because we need dreamers in Washington but we also need to get things done. I've proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver."

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Re: John Hickenlooper 2020

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Post by RoadScholar » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:44 am

Knowing nothing else, I like his profile electability-wise.
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Post by Addie » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:49 am

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Hickenlooper swipes at Trump in campaign launch: He's 'destroying our democracy'

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday, taking a swipe at President Trump while promoting a vision for a more unified country.

Hickenlooper, who announced his bid earlier this week, told supporters in Denver it was "essential" to defeat Trump in 2020.

He cast the president as a divisive figure with harmful policies, and pledged to move the country forward by bringing leaders together.

"We have every right to live in a land that’s the home of hope," Hickenlooper said. "But these days, that’s not how it feels in America. It feels like we’re living in a heaving crisis - years in the making - spawned by dysfunctional politics - and defined above all by this president."

"Donald Trump is alienating our allies, ripping away our health care, endangering our planet, and destroying our democracy."

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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:08 am

WaPo - John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper: The Green New Deal sets us up for failure. We need a better approach.

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, and yet we have a president who is taking us in the wrong direction. He withdrew our country from the Paris climate accords. He is expanding drilling on public lands. He is forfeiting our country’s leadership, changing our national symbol from the eagle to an ostrich, burying our head in the sand in the face of this global threat.

That is why I support the concept of a Green New Deal — the idea that we should launch multiple major federal initiatives to tackle climate change and reorient our economy around clean energy. The idea has been around for at least a decade and will be one of my highest priorities as president.

But given the scope of the threat of global climate change, it is also imperative we approach it correctly. Some versions of the Green New Deal, such as the resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that the Senate is set to vote on Tuesday, express laudable aims but also take an approach that limits our prospects for success.

The resolution sets unachievable goals. We do not yet have the technology needed to reach “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” in 10 years. That’s why many wind and solar companies don’t support it. There is no clean substitute for jet fuel. Electric vehicles are growing quickly, yet are still in their infancy. Manufacturing industries such as steel and chemicals, which account for almost as much carbon emissions as transportation, are even harder to decarbonize.

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Post by Addie » Mon May 20, 2019 4:54 pm

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White House does not need a 'strongman,' Hickenlooper says in 2020 policy speech

(Reuters) - Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Monday said there is an “authoritarian mentality” in the White House and the United States does not need its own “strongman,” as he delivered the first major foreign policy address among two dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination.

“I think history clearly demonstrates that when you have a so-called strongman - a dictator - you don’t have rule of law,” Hickenlooper said when asked at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs if that was a better approach to foreign policy than multilateralism.

In his address, Hickenlooper said China “represents a generational challenge” for national security; that Russia “actively works against our interests” by propping up Bashar Hafez al-Assad in Syria and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela; and that North Korea’s nuclear program “threatens its region and beyond.”

“From Moscow to Beijing, from Ankara to Caracas and beyond, authoritarian strongmen now threaten not only the rights of their own people, but also the foundations of international peace,” Hickenlooper said.

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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:32 am

WaPo - Dave Weigel
A Democratic 2020 contender denounces socialism — and gets booed

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper found a way to stand out at a crowded gathering of California Democrats: He denounced “socialism,” and got booed.

“If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer,” Hickenlooper said at a Saturday afternoon session of the state party’s annual convention. As the jeering grew louder, Hickenlooper added: “You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up reelecting the worst president in American history.”

Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign had previewed the remarks hours before he spoke. The Coloradan, who was a geologist and a brewer before entering politics, has repeatedly argued for Democrats to embrace and reform capitalism.

In a May op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, he wrote that he was “running to save” the “only economic system that can support a strong middle class.”

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:33 pm

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Hickenlooper finance director flees to Beto

The national finance director for John Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign is departing and joining rival Beto O’Rourke’s effort, O’Rourke’s campaign told POLITICO on Monday.

The aide, Dan Sorenson, is leaving the former two-term Colorado governor the day after the deadline for 2nd-quarter fundraising and after last week’s Democratic debate — an ominous sign for a presidential bid that has struggled to gain traction. ...

The Hickenlooper campaign already faced a steep climb to qualify for the fall debates, which require 130,000 donors and reaching 2 percent in four qualifying polls. Even if he ultimately withdraws from the race to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado — as some party leaders had long hoped he would — there is now a crowded field of Democrats already running that he would have to defeat.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:07 am

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John Hickenlooper shakes up campaign amid staff departures

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is shaking up his presidential campaign after months of struggling to gain traction.

Hickenlooper announced late Monday the hiring of a new campaign manager, M.E. Smith, who managed Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey’s reelection in 2018. Smith also served as deputy campaign manager for Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, now a fellow 2020 competitor, and held the same role for Hickenlooper’s reelection for governor in 2014.

“M.E. has shown again and again that she knows how to lead successful campaigns in politically-difficult terrain,” Hickenlooper said. “With her extensive experience in political strategy, campaign management, and policy, I could not be more excited to have her leading the team.”

His spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, later confirmed that she would be leaving the campaign, joining former campaign manager Brad Komar.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:15 pm

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Hickenlooper campaign in shambles

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s senior team urged him last month to withdraw from the presidential race gracefully and run for Colorado’s Senate seat or pursue other opportunities, a source familiar with the situation told POLITICO.

The source said that the campaign only has about 13,000 donors, making it almost impossible to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in the fall. The campaign also only raised just over $1 million in the second quarter — about what he raised in the first 48 hours of his candidacy — and will likely run out of money completely in about a month.

At least five staffers have left or are leaving Hickenlooper’s struggling operation, including his campaign manager, communications director, digital director and finance director. Hickenlooper named a new campaign manager on Monday night.

Hickenlooper publicly blamed his former staff Tuesday for his failure to gain traction in the crowded Democratic primary.

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Post by neonzx » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:00 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:15 pm
Politico
Hickenlooper campaign in shambles
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Hickenlooper publicly blamed his former staff Tuesday for his failure to gain traction in the crowded Democratic primary.
And with the finger pointing, he's proven he is not ready for the office. :violin:
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Post by Somerset » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:16 pm

neonzx wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:00 pm
Addie wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:15 pm
Politico
Hickenlooper campaign in shambles
...
Hickenlooper publicly blamed his former staff Tuesday for his failure to gain traction in the crowded Democratic primary.
And with the finger pointing, he's proven he is not ready for the office. :violin:
Current occupant notwithstanding :x

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Post by Lani » Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:17 am

Toast.

6 key staffers leaving Hickenlooper campaign in major shakeup
https://abc7ny.com/6-key-staffers-leavi ... p/5374704/
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Post by Foggy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:40 am

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Post by TexasFilly » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:40 pm

I love the poorly educated!!!

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Post by p0rtia » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:05 pm

Works for me. On to the Senate!

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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:45 pm

New York Times
John Hickenlooper Mulling Ending Presidential Bid to Run for Senate

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is in discussions about ending his presidential bid and entering the race for his state’s Republican-held Senate seat, potentially giving Democrats a strong candidate in a race they must win to have hopes of retaking the chamber in 2021, according to four Democrats familiar with his thinking.

Mr. Hickenlooper, who is mired at the bottom of public polling of the presidential race, hopped into Senator Michael Bennet’s car on Friday night in this Northern Iowa town to discuss his impending decision, said Democrats familiar with the discussion, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe confidential talks.

The two drove around Clear Lake for about 20 minutes ahead of the Wing Ding dinner, a Democratic fund-raiser that drew 21 presidential candidates. Aides and advisers to the two men, who have been both allies and rivals over their careers in Colorado politics, declined to reveal what was discussed.

Officials who have been in discussions with the Hickenlooper campaign said Tuesday that the former two-term governor is giving serious consideration to switching to the Senate race but stressed that a final decision has not yet been made. Short of a massive change in political momentum, Mr. Hickenlooper is certain to fail to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in September, an additional blow to a campaign struggling to attract attention and financial contributions.

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Post by TexasFilly » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:04 pm

Good. Cory Gardner needs to go. Now if Beto will run against Cornyn....
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Post by Michael J » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:24 pm

Hick will wipe the floor with Gardner. Buh-bye, Cory.

Hickenlooper would have a massive lead in Senate primary, poll finds
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Re: John Hickenlooper 2020

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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:32 am

Hope it's not too late for Hick, lots of Senate candidates already and last week the campaigns were floating they weren't going to clear the field for him. But it's smart and wish Beto would go fight for Texas.
John Hickenlooper to End Struggling Presidential Campaign
for The New York Times By Matt Stevens and Matt Flegenheimer Aug. 15, 2019

John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor whose low-key brand of moderate politics made him popular in his home state but limited his appeal in a Democratic primary filled with urgent progressive energy, is expected to announce on Thursday that he is ending his presidential campaign, according to two people familiar with his planning.

Mr. Hickenlooper has been seriously considering a run for the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado that is up for election in 2020 — a key pickup target in the Democrats’ strategy to try to retake control of the Senate. The Democrats familiar with Mr. Hickenlooper’s planning said they did not expect him to make an announcement about a Senate run on Thursday.

Mr. Hickenlooper, 67, is set to end a White House bid that never gained significant traction and struggled so acutely that top staff members departed. Mr. Hickenlooper failed to break through in the polls, raised less money than most of his competitors and was all but certain to miss the cutoff for the Democratic debates in September.
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Mr. Hickenlooper had been in discussions about withdrawing from the presidential primary since at least early this month and running for the Senate instead. Colorado is a purple battleground state, and flipping the seat currently held by Senator Cory Gardner is all but mandatory if Democrats hope to have any chance of retaking the Senate.

Recent polls showed Mr. Hickenlooper with a more than 50-point lead over the current leading Democrats in the race for party’s nomination for the Senate seat; they also showed him ahead of Mr. Gardner by 13 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup.

Mr. Hickenlooper has largely resisted the idea of running for Senate. But this month, as his presidential campaign lurched along, Mr. Hickenlooper’s communications director told CNN he had not “closed the door to anything.” Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, has spent months trying to recruit Mr. Hickenlooper to enter the Senate contest. And during a recent trip to Iowa, Mr. Hickenlooper hopped into the car of Colorado’s Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, to discuss his impending decision.
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Post by Foggy » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:59 am

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Re: WITHDRAWN: John Hickenlooper 2020

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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:39 pm

Axios: John Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 race

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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:54 pm

Pro tip: run for the senate. Show Beto what he now needs to do too.

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Post by Reality Check » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:11 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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Pro tip: run for the senate. Show Beto what he now needs to do too.
:yeah: Colorado is turning bluer every election. He has a good chance to beat Gardner.
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Re: WITHDRAWN: John Hickenlooper 2020

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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:57 am

Colorado Independent: John Hickenlooper is running for U.S. Senate, sources say
Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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Pro tip: run for the senate. Show Beto what he now needs to do too.

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Post by Foggy » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:35 pm

Sources say.

When it's offishal, I suppose we should move the thread to the Senate election forum and give it a new title, eh what? :geezertowel:
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