• Paul Steinhauser

Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper announces bid to be president

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper speaks at New England College in Henniker last month. (Paul Steinhauser For the Monitor)

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper made official Monday what he strongly hinted at during a trip to New Hampshire less than three weeks ago – he’s joining a crowded field of Democrats running for the White House.

“I’m running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done,” Hickenlooper said in a video announcing his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.”

The 67-year-old geologist turned successful start-up brewpub owner, who later served two terms as Denver mayor before being elected and re-elected Colorado governor, took aim at Republican President Donald Trump, saying a major reason he launched a campaign is because “we’re facing a crisis that threatens everything we stand for.”

And repeating a line he used at a stop last month at New England College in Henniker, he explained that “as a skinny kid with Coke bottle glasses and a funny last name, I stood up to my fair share of bullies.”

Hickenlooper, who in January finished up his second term as governor of Colorado, becomes the second sitting or former governor running for the nomination, following Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, who announced his candidacy Friday.

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