nearvideo John Hickenlooper ends White house bid
Democrats are pushing former Gov. John Hickenlooper, against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado; Peter Doocy reports from Des Moines, Iowa.
A week after the end of his White house bid, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a campaign for the Senate started.
“I’ve always said that Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done – but this is not a time to walk away from the table,” Hickenlooper said Thursday morning in a video posted on his campaign website. “I’m not ready to fight for the people of Colorado.”
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Hickenlooper joins a crowded field of Democrats – he is the 12 candidates – invitation to tender for the removal from power of the Republican sen. Cory Gardner in next year’s elections.
With his campaign failing to gain traction in the last couple of months, Hickenlooper faced pressure from national Democrats to drop the race his White house bid and the plunge in the Senate. Until last week, Hickenlooper resist such calls had been, again and again, saying things like “I’m not cut out, senator.”
But struggling to raise money for his presidential campaign, coupled with his low poll numbers, which all have made, but certain, in the last week that Hickenlooper failure would, to the stage in the next month, the third round of the democratic presidential nomination debates. At the announcement of his departure from the White house race, he said he would make a quick decision on the Senate run.
The National Republican Senate campaign blasted Hickenlooper, said in a statement that “John Hickenlooper is desperate to redeem yourself after the Flop on the national stage.”
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Hickenlooper, a geologist by training, started a successful brewery in downtown Denver and then two terms served as mayor before winning the governorship, left the Governor’s office in January with an approval rate of almost 20 percentage points over the water. That made him very attractive to the Senate’s Democratic leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who met privately with Hickenlooper recently in New York.
The democratic presidential candidate and former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks with Fox News in the spin room, after the second round of primary debates in Detroit on July 30.
Although new polls in Colorado, the 67-year-old former Governor would be up Gardner in hypothetical election matchups, and far ahead of the rest of the Democratic Senate candidate, his entry into the race, is not expected to clear the field. Some of the other candidates committed to, for the last week, after Hickenlooper and his White house ended the bid to stay in the race.
Democrats see in Colorado, as a potential pickup, as you try to back the majority in next year’s elections in a chamber, the GOP controls 53-47. And, you see, Gardner — a former two-term Congressman, who narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic sen. Mark Udall in 2014 — prone in the year 2020.
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Taking aim at Gardner, and bind him Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Hickenlooper said, “we are now represented by a senator who works to undo our progress by voting 99 percent of the time with Donald Trump and go along with Mitch McConnell disability and party political games.”
Although Hickenlooper is more moderate than some of the other prominent Democrats running for the Senate seat, Gardner’s campaign, Hickenlooper panned as “just another liberal in the clown car.”
“Who is nominated in their party, Wild out-of-step with Colorado and we are looking forward to using them in the General election,” Gardner’s campaign, said in a statement.
Fox News’ Believe contributed to the manganese of this report.