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Hickenlooper likely to launch 2020 campaign


John Hickenlooper (center) waits to be introduced at the New England College town meeting in Henniker on Thursday, February 14, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is thinking about joining a Democratic presidential primary increasingly defined by a hard pull to the left.


Hickenlooper’s path from geologist to brewer to Denver mayor to governor has come with some big victories along the way. And he’s pointing to those accomplishments to make sure he’s not labeled a moderate.


Spotlighting his achievements in Colorado – from close to 100 percent health care coverage to major cuts in auto emissions – he touted that “I think in many ways I’m more progressive than a lot of these other folks. We’re actually getting it done.”


And he explained, “to beat Donald Trump, we’re going to need someone who’s done stuff.”


Hickenlooper also described the Republican president as a bully.


“I grew up the skinny kid with glasses and a funny last name. I’ve dealt with bullies my whole life,” he said. “The way to deal with a bully is you don’t punch back and take them head on. You take what they say to you. You don’t necessarily ridicule them but you reframe it in a way that reveals the foolishness of what they’re saying and the weakness and insecurity that they’re demonstrating.”


Read more on the Concord Monitor