Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was one among many in a crowded area of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, plans to withdraw his title from the race on Thursday.
Multiple media shops, together with many in Denver, have acknowledged that Hickenlooper will formally make the announcement on Thursday. A reporter with CBS4 in Denver, Shaun Boyd, was a type of who reported Hickenlooper will drop out of the presidential race, however hasn’t dominated out a run for the Senate in 2020.
“#BREAKING: source close to @Hickenlooper tells me he will announce tomorrow that he is dropping out of the presidential race. No decision yet on Senate [email protected] #copolitics #2020Election,” Boyd wrote.
Hickenlooper rode onto the nationwide scene earlier this 12 months as a candidate who stated his potential to guide Colorado into turning into one of many first states to legalize marijuana. He had some quirks as a candidate—like admitting he had gone to see a well-liked X-rated film together with his mom—however nonetheless appeared politically extra centrist than his 2020 presidential friends.
The former governor did not declare well being care must be free for everybody, and that these with medical health insurance ought to be capable of preserve it. He stated these with non-public insurance coverage shouldn’t be “forced to give it up,” and stated common well being care would solely work if non-public insurers and people it insured have been coated beneath an umbrella separate from the federal government.
Hickenlooper gave an interview on CNN not lengthy after the Christchurch, New Zealand taking pictures in March, and he stated again then that U.S. President Donald Trump “fans the flames of hatred” after the assaults.
“President Trump should be ashamed of himself,” Hickenlooper stated, which introduced a rousing standing ovation at his CNN interview.
During his interview in March, Hickenlooper was requested a few potential debate with Trump. The former governor stated it was not a good suggestion to “face a bully face-to-face.”
“I can’t wait for Donald Trump to make up nicknames for me,” Hickenlooper stated on the time. “It’s what bullies hate. They’re insecure, narcissists and hate being laughed at.”
Hickenlooper was finally overshadowed by different Democratic candidates within the area, together with Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and others.
Hickenlooper was persistently operating at 1 % in most nationwide polls.