Hickenlooper plans to ‘sort through’ presidential decision this summer
Author: Joey Bunch - June 25, 2018 - Updated: June 25, 2018
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.