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.
Former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who recently announced the end of his long-shot bid for the White house has decided to enter the Colorado Senate Democratic primary, targeting first-name GOP sen. Cory Gardner in the 2020 General election, according to a report.
The Denver Post quoted unnamed sources on Wednesday who were familiar with the governor’s decision. Democrats are fighting to regain the majority in the Senate controlled by the GOP currently, 53-47. Hickenlooper has not officially confirmed his decision, but said he is “the idea some serious thought” in the published video announces the end of his presidential campaign.
HICKENLOOPER ENDS White HOUSE BID, HINTS AT A POSSIBLE SENATE RUN IN COLORADO
“People want to know what comes next for me. I’ve heard of so many Coloradans who want me to run for the Senate of the United States,” Hickenlooper said in his video last week on the speculation. “You remind me, how much is at stake for our country. And our state.”
The former Governor is facing growing pressure from national Dems jump into the crowded Senate primary in his state, to the challenge of a supposedly endangered, Sr., Gardner race in the main.
Gardner served as a Congressman in front of the exchange chambers, and only narrowly defeated incumbent sen. Mark Udall in 2014, during a wave election for the Republicans.
A democratic source running familiar with Hickenlooper’s recent talks with the Senate Democratic leadership regarding a possible Senate, told Fox News earlier last week that “the democratic senatorial campaign Committee wants to recruit him [his White house bid], and you want this to be really bad.”
The source, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said that at a meeting in New York City earlier this month between Hickenlooper and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the chamber, “Schumer made the point that, if the Governor were to run for the Senate, he would be a total hero. … The Governor, the firewall between Mitch McConnell was left as Senate majority leader and the Democrats taking back the Senate.”
A source close to Hickenlooper in the inner circle, told Fox News that “everybody has to come to him and said, ‘We need you, we need you, we need you”, and I think the message of “you must do this for the sake of the country’ resonates with him.”
Hickenlooper, who announced his presidential candidacy in March, has focused his White house bid on his record as Governor, achieved results by working with all sides, but who pushed back against the drift to the left of the Democratic party.
Last month, the second round of the democratic presidential nomination debates that he always took on the rival Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the party of the progressive standard-bearer and one of the biggest advocates for a national Medicare system, to eliminate the private insurance companies.is
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He announced the end of his campaign six months later, after a weak second quarter of fundraising brought in only $1 million during the April-June period.
There was also virtually no chance of Hickenlooper would be enough thresholds, the two Democratic National Committee – campaign contributions from 130,000 individual donors and at least 2 percent in four qualifying surveys – the stage in the next two debates that will take place next month and in October.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Belief contributed to manganese this report.