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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:01 PM

 

BREAKING: John Hickenlooper considering dropping Presidential bid, running for Senate

New York Times

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa ó Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is in discussions about ending his presidential bid and entering the race for his stateís 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 Bennetís 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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Reply BREAKING: John Hickenlooper considering dropping Presidential bid, running for Senate (Original post)
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:03 PM

1. As I'd hoped he would all along.

 

And thank you, if you do write a check.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:08 PM

2. Pretty sure that's almost a guaranteed pick up if he does.

 

Hope it's true!!
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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:50 AM

44. +1 We need 27 more Senators and Governors.

 

We only get ONE President.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:09 PM

3. That would be a good move. nt

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:10 PM

4. Good. Hats off to both of you.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:11 PM

5. That would be a good move on his part

 

He isn't going to get any traction as a presidential candidate. He can do a lot of good as a Senator.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:14 PM

6. A friend in then know said she heard this through private channels last week...

 

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced she wouldn't run for Gov yesterday......

Developing...
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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:32 PM

14. Hmm. I hadn't thought of that. I wonder who will step up.

 

I like Jena Griswold a lot. But then Young is good as well. And I like Phil Weiser quite a bit as well. I wonder what Dianne Primavera's intentions are?
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:17 PM

7. Will donate to any of ours who do that.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:17 PM

8. not my favorite Colorado Democrat but I think even I could get behind him!

 

If he would run for Senate. I really think he could win this one.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:18 PM

9. Go John! The senate needs you

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:18 PM

10. I like Hickenlooper, he would be a great Senator.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:22 PM

11. The presidential campaign might have helped his Senate chances

 

by getting him national exposure and donations

Some other candidates should consider doing the same in their states. Ride the blue wave to victory
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:25 PM

12. OK, I could accept Hick as opposed to Cory Gardner.

 

I'd rather see someone else, though. Neguse is really good. And I think he is dynamic enough to beat Gardner. All Hickenlooper has is name recognition. He really is not as dynamic as Gardner.

As governor, Hickenlooper wasn't wildly popular by any means, but he wasn't hated either.

He is an oil and gas guy, though, and I'm still pissed he stood up at a podium and drank a glass of something he claimed was fracking fluid. It was on Hick's watch that our local governments got 'cease and desist' orders from the state seeking to prohibit local governments from imposing any additional regulations on fracking beyond what the state had set forth. Of course, all the local governments fought that tooth and nail. Colorado is really fierce that way.

So, would Hick be better than Gardner?

Oh, yes. Absolutely.

Is he the greatest?

No, but he'll do.

I would still rather have Neguse.
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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:22 PM

23. was hoping Jena Griswold would run, but yes, Neguse would be great

 

I am sure many will say Hickenlooper has the best shot so ideology is thus tossed out the window, but I think whoever wins our primary will beat Gardner, and Hickenlooper is really far too centrist for my taste (Colorado is not a red state,, so that type of argument is not going to fly with me.)

Did not like his comparing our progressive ideas to Stalin and Karl Marx at all (that also gives the Rethugs perfect ammo to spread that shit), and he is far too pro-fracking for my taste (he even drank fracking fluid and bragged about it.)

I think he will probably win the primary and thus the general, but he may be an issue down the road on a lot of even slightly left-progressive legislation and may side with big healthcare and big banking on some things too, similar to Heitkamp, Donnelly, etc.

Time will tell.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:36 PM

26. Hick is definitely a corporatist

 

I liked him as Mayor of Denver. I disliked him as Governor. Definitely an oil & gas flag waver and held us back from establishing good rules that are people centric and safety oriented.

I really have held my nose with his nasty comments about progressives in his bid for president. Too bad for him. He'll be primaried if he runs for Senate and I will vote for the other person whoever they are as long as they are blue.
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Response to h2ebits (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:05 PM

47. Agree. CO is more progressive now

 

This reflexive "centrists scoop up everyone in right if Gardner" feels wrong. CO is pretty left now and Hickenlooper doesnt impress on several core issues to the demographics that turned CO blue/purple. New blood would be good.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:27 PM

13. Less liberal than I prefer, but I like him and hope this is the case.

 

Reportedly, he already polls very well for senator.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:32 PM

15. Great news. Ready to write my checks too.

 


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:34 PM

16. Good- that's where we need him

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:45 PM

17. I'd rather he just dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Romanoff for senate

 

Not that he would. There seems to be bad blood between them.

But Hickenlooper could just not endorse at all, just fade away.
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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #17)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:38 PM

27. I agree with you

 

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Undecided

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:37 AM

39. Yes!

 

Thank you!

Andrew Romanoff is a REAL Democrat, the kind we need in the Senate. We already have one corporate shill in Bennet, and by all rights Romanoff should have Bennet's seat. (One of the things I will never forgive Obama for was endorsing Bennet in the primary in 2010.)

I'm kind of annoyed at all of the people posting here who think this is such a great idea. I'm just assuming they're mostly not from Colorado and don't know our politics.
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Response to kag (Reply #39)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:47 AM

46. You're probably right.

 

I thought it was a great idea until I started doing some research and read editorials and posts from people in Colorado. Glad I kept my mouth shut.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:46 PM

18. Hurrah!

 

He'd be a great Senate candidate.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:49 PM

19. You have to wonder if this is the first domino to fall in the crowded field?

 

Smart move on Hickenlooper's part, and probably a good outcome for the party.

Will Beto and/or Castro ultimately follow suit?
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:54 PM

20. Good News!

 

From what I read this morning, Hickenlooper would be leading the field for the Senate seat. Good for him and good for the Democratic Party.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:55 PM

21. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

Would donate!
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:09 PM

22. That'd be good. It'd be mighty nice to flip another Senate seat.

 

How safe is the governorship in Colorado? Could we keep it blue?
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Jay Inslee

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:30 PM

24. I hope some of the others follow suit.

 

There are several who could make a big impact and perhaps even provide coattails in some normally unlikely areas.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:33 PM

25. GREAT!! I hope Beto is next!

 

Honestly, in the situation we are presently in, the Senate seats are AS IMPORTANT as the White House...or damned near. Without the Senate, we are still fook'd.
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Response to Hulk (Reply #25)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:18 PM

37. You and me both

 

I would have love to see him be a strong presidential candidate but itís just not happening. I think he might be able to win the Senate this time
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Response to Hulk (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:26 AM

43. It really is...McConnell will kneecap us in the Senate and bank on getting the house back at the

 

midterm which could easily happen. Since the complaints and blame will be heaped on a Democratic president by the far right, the far left and the media.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:00 PM

28. Be nice to see Gardner gone!

 

I hope he can beat him.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:01 PM

29. Good news!

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:14 PM

30. I will donate to his senate campaign right away if he does it

 

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Kamala Harris

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:32 PM

31. The Presidency without a Senate majority

 

Isnít going to do us much good - at least legislatively.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:40 PM

32. Good call! Most excellent call! ☺ 👏 eom

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:53 PM

33. K & R

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:07 PM

34. Please Mr. Hickenlooper - I am so impressed by your work in CO

 

Would love to see you continue to work for CO and for us all! Especially regarding providing excellent birth control - IUD - to young women for free. Substantial drop in pregnancy and abortion rates.

If anyone sees a link to donate to him when he declares his Senate bid - I am in!

Clarify which policies I really like - I am sorry to learn heís pro- fracking.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:01 PM

35. Please do!

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:48 PM

36. He should have run for the Senate to begin with. nt

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 05:04 AM

38. Damn fine idea

 

He will ahve a chance of getting office that way. Otherwise. No chance.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:54 AM

40. Ugh. Do any of the people posting here know that Colorado already has a GREAT candidate for Senate?

 

I'm amazed and very disappointed that all of the people posting here think this is such a great idea.

We NEED Andrew Romanoff in the Senate. Hick was okay as a governor, but as he himself has said, he is unsuited to working in a legislature, and really wants an "executive" position.

Romanoff was the best Speaker of the CO House we've ever had. He would be an amazing Senator, and is a REAL Democrat. Has everyone forgotten that Hickenlooper was "rumored" years ago to consider running as VP to John Kasich if he had won the Republican nomination?

And just for clarity, I do not know either man personally. I've just lived in Colorado long enough to know our politics, and know who would make the best Senator for our state.
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Response to kag (Reply #40)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:23 AM

42. Romanoff is unlikely to win.

 

It doesn't matter how great a person will be once elected if he/she doesn't win election...Hickenlooper has the best chance according to polls.
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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #42)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:46 AM

45. I strongly disagree.

 

I know his record, but I also know that in the 2010 caucuses he beat the crap out of Bennet. If Obama hadn't endorsed Bennet in the primary Romanoff would have the seat Bennet does now.

I also know that he lost to Mike Coffman in 2016. The year of Trump. Jason Crow barely won that seat two years later in the Democratic wave when Dems came out strong, and Republicans were tired of Trump.

Romanoff not only has a good chance of beating Gardner, I think he has the BEST chance. He's compelling, a great debater, and very strong on policy. And he WANTS to be in the Senate. Hickenlooper just wants to be elected to SOMETHING. I truly don't think he cares what. He just wants a bunch of people to vote for him.

And as I have said, Romanoff is a true Democrat, unlike Hick who goes around warning Democrats not to embrace socialism. Romanoff knows his shit, and would beat Gardner handily.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:22 AM

41. I hope he does...and Beto should run in Texas for the Senate.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:04 PM

48. A few ore should do this too

 

Beto and Bullock come to mind too
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