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Hickenlooper plans to ‘sort through’ presidential decision this summer

Author: Joey Bunch - June 25, 2018 - Updated: June 25, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during the panel Economic Development at the National Governor Association winter meeting Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C.. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

For months, Gov. John Hickenlooper has told reporters he’s too focused on being governor to think about running for president.

Now he says he’s thinking about it this summer.

“My wife and I have been talking about it for a couple of months and talking to old friends whose opinions we respect and trust,” the coy Colorado governor said in remarks reported by The Hill newspaper. “We’ll try and sort through it this summer.”

He said something similar in a D.C. appearance back in April.

Hickenlooper is one of a large number of potential Democratic nominees being talked about for 2020, though he has consistently said until now that he would focus on the next chapter of his life after his second and last term as governor ends next January.

He made his latest remarks on the Kaiser Health News podcast “What the Health?” taped in Colorado during Spotlight Health Conference, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which ended Sunday.

You can listen to the full podcast by clicking here.

He speaks in the podcast alongside Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, another moderate Western governor being sized up — and making similar rounds to high-profile policy gatherings — to potentially take on President Trump in 2020.

Hickenlooper was widely reported as a potential pick to be Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate two years ago, before she opted for Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Hickenlooper also is said to be considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.