“If everyone yells at Trump, he wins. You have to laugh at him and joke along and say, ‘Hey, this is what I did.’”
“John Hickenlooper, who served two terms as governor of Colorado, announced Monday that he is running for president, touting his accomplishments in a state that moved to the left during his time in office,” the Washington Post reports.
“As governor, Hickenlooper presided over steady economic growth, the legalization of marijuana — which he initially opposed — and a surge that put Democrats in full control of a once-conservative state.”
ABC News: Everything you need to know about John Hickenlooper.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) “is close to a decision about a 2020 presidential bid, with the campaign eyeing an announcement in Denver as soon as next week,” the Denver Post reports.
“The former Colorado governor received a permit to hold an event March 7 in the amphitheater at Civic Center park… The disclosure comes a day after The Sun cited several sources close to the Democrat who said that he would announce a bid the first week of March.”
Denver Post: “John Hickenlooper, the two-term governor who finished his term earlier this month, articulated his vision of governing that is based more on consensus building and less on conflict. At a house party in this Des Moines suburb, he also shared his personal and political biography while answering questions about health care, immigration and abortion rights.”
Said Hickenlooper: “I’m not just frustrated — I’m over-the-top angry about what’s happened to the country in such a short period of time.”
He added: “I don’t think there is anyone else that can reliably — as I can — beat Donald Trump. My whole public life has been about bringing people together.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told CNN that he is “past 50-50” when it comes to the odds of him making a White House bid in 2020.
Said Hickenlooper: “I’d say we’re past 50-50. I think we’re probably 63, 64 percent.”
He added: “We’re seeing all kinds of evidence that the Trump presidency isn’t succeeding. It’s not taking America where it needs to go. It certainly isn’t fulfilling his promises to the rural parts of America.”
“Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser,” the AP reports.
“He’s already launched a political action committee that allows him to raise money nationally and hired his 2014 campaign manager, Brad Komar, to run it.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said that he is “leaning strongly” toward a White House bid during a trip to New Hampshire, The Hill reports.
Said Hickenlooper: “I’m the governor of Colorado and I’m gonna run for president.”
He quickly added that he hasn’t “made a final decision” and that he’s “leaning strongly” toward a White House run, but said “if I say I’m absolutely doing it then there are all kinds of legal ramifications.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) took a significant step toward a potential presidential run in 2020 by forming a political committee that will allow him to boost his national profile, the Colorado Sun reports.
“The term-limited Democrat created a federal leadership PAC called Giddy Upthat can collect as much as $5,000 a year from donors — money that he can use to cover his political travel, develop policy proposals and donate to other candidates.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) “is edging closer to a potential run for president, following what he called an ‘encouraging’ summer mulling a campaign,” Politico reports.
Said Hickenlooper: “What I saw was an interest … a genuine interest in terms of what we’ve done in Colorado.”
“Hickenlooper, one of several current and former Democratic governors considering running in 2020, said he has not yet made a decision about the race. But in a sign that his political operation is ramping up, he will travel to the Southeast this month to help the campaigns of Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told Axios that he has talked to a lot of “old friends” this summer about a potential 2020 run.
Said Hickenlopper: “I’ve done politics for 15 years…and I still feel like I’m on the steep side of the learning curve. It’s been very, very useful to talk to people and say, ‘What are the sacrifices?’, ‘What does it take to be successful?’ We’re still working on it.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is “weighing a 2020 run and will decide ‘in the next month or so’ whether to take proactive steps like early-state political travel and launching a PAC,” CNN reports.
Gov. John Kasich “tried to shut down reports that he is considering an independent presidential bid in 2020 with Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper,” NBC News reports.
Said Kasich: “Look, ‘Kasich-Hickenlooper,’ first of all, you couldn’t pronounce it and second of all, you couldn’t fit it on a bumper sticker.”
When told that those words weren’t a denial, Kasich flatly said, “the answer is ‘no,’ okay.”
Said Hickenlooper: “I thought that couldn’t have been more clear that I wasn’t going to run. If you were legitimately going to run for president, you’d form a PAC. Literally everyone does. I haven’t formed a PAC. I’m not going to form a PAC.”
Just published: The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Denver Post: “Hickenlooper recounts the first time he smoked pot at age 16. And his attempt to grow marijuana outside his bedroom window in suburban Pennsylvania. His love-sick depression as a freshman at Wesleyan University and the lithium capsules he needed to survive final exams. And the time in college he ‘got a little high’ and took a nude self-portrait in a bathtub.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) became the latest Hillary Clinton supporter to express doubt about her candidacy for president, saying the 2016 election is “kind of grim, to be blunt,” the Denver Post reports.
Said Hickenlooper: “I don’t know where this whole thing is going to go in terms of her … (e-mail) server and whether there is something in there that is really going to turn out to have broken the law — which I think would be the death knell.”
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told the Wall Street Journal there’s no chance he’d run for president.
Said Hickenlooper: “No, my God. What a dogfight. You’d have to convince me, and I don’t think there’s a way, a human way to convince me. At least the way I look at my life it would be the last major undertaking I get in my adult life. And I’d have to believe that I was changing, somehow doing something incredibly important for the country and changing it, and I don’t see that as remotely feasible in the present world.”