Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper launches presidential bid

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper launches presidential bid

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Former Colorado governor and former presidential candidate John Hickenlooper (D) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Thursday (twitter.com/John Hickenlooper)

WASHINGTON – Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is running for president, the Colorado Democrat announced in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

“I’m running for president because we’re facing a crisis that threatens everything we stand for,” Hickenlooper said in the video. “As a skinny kid with coke bottle glasses and a funny last name, I’ve stood up to my fair share of bullies.”

The video features images of President Donald Trump in the background as Hickenlooper speaks.

Hickenlooper, 67, served as Colorado’s chief executive from 2011-19.  Prior to that he served eight years as mayor of Denver.

As governor, Hickenlooper signed legislation to expand Medicaid, require background checks for firearm transfers and provide funds for rural development.

The ever-growing Democratic field includes Gov. Jay Inslee (Wash.), Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former congressmen John Delaney (Md.) and Julian Castro (Texas), and best-selling author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson.

Prospective candidates are said to include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Recent polls show Sanders leading among the declared candidates. Biden leads when prospective candidates are included.

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