Hickenlooper, Bennet Maybe Both Want To Be President

Colorado Public Radio’s Bente Birkeland:

It turns out Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t the only Colorado Democrat with his eye on the White House.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is considering a presidential bid, according to three people who confirmed to CPR News that they talked with him about it earlier this fall. The individuals declined to use their names because they were not authorized to speak about the matter. One of them discussed it with Bennet in the last 30 days.

“What he said to me is he is seriously thinking about running,” said another individual. “He has not made up his mind yet but he is seriously thinking about running.”

Who wouldn’t want to run against Donald Trump, asks anyone with the wherewithal?

Our highly unscientific but sure to provoke a lively debate poll asks the question:

Would Bennet or Hickenlooper be the better Democratic nominee for President?
Sen. Michael Bennet
Gov. John Hickenlooper
No preference/unsure
See irate comment below
View Result

39 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    None of the above.

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    If Ken Salazar drops a hint, Colorado COULD have a trifecta.

  3. The realistThe realist says:

    It's no time for politics-as-usual . . .

    B: Not dynamic enough

    H: Cannot lead on climate change

  4. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Ummmm, neither is presidential. And if Bennet thinks student loan refis and reducing evictions are compelling issues, especially compared to his many peers who are far more inspired, and notwithstanding the fact that he’s completely missed out on this past election’ message, then, besides being a Corrupt Corporatist, this shows that he’s also an idiot 

  5. gertie97 says:

    Bennet, because Zappy's head would explode.

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Arrrrrrrrrrgh !!?????!!?????!! . . .

  7. flatiron says:

    Seriously, unless Gary Hart throws his hat the ring, Colorado does not have a player in the 2020 sweepstakes

  8. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    They're not running for President.

    Hickenlooper is running for Vice President.

    Bennet is fantasizing. 

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Not so sure, david.  For the next year or so, Iowa is the center pof the universe.   If bernie and kamama and elizabeth and Cory and my parakeet all divide the looney left vote, a centrist like Hickenlooper could win it.  Then, all bets are off.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        I agree, V, but it is a long shot. And only one centrist Dem can be in the race. So there will be no room for the Cowboy Dems from Montana (Bullock, Tester or the former MT governor whose name escapes me), or Mark Warner, or Terry McAuliffe.

        It's like the conundrum of a so-called moderate winning the GOP nomination. The John Kasich strategy. (Although what passes as a moderate has changed significantly over the past couple of decades.)

        And keep in mind that if a non-leftist wins the nomination, the Trotskyites will be screaming bloody murder that the system is rigged, yadda, yadda, yadda.

      • Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

        Nope.  Amy Klobuchar, from next door Minnesota, who is already a very familiar face to Iowa caucus goers, has the "common sense, good government, non-fire breathing" lane locked up.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          I like her. Especially after she declined to take the bait offered by Brett Kavanaugh: "Do you like beer, senator?"

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          Klobuchar is my first choice.  But I not only bet on the Titanic against the iceberg, I gave six points!

          • itlduso says:

            I've got a real problem with rewarding those that assassinated Senator Al Franken, one of the Dems' most talented politicians.  I know I'll probably have to get over it at some point, but at the moment, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Harris, and the other Dem Senators that threw Al under the bus (including our very own Michael Bennet), can go suck it.

            • RepealAndReplace says:

              Women who have been groped have a real problem with not holding sexual predators accountable.

              • itlduso says:

                Especially female Fox News contributors.  And, that was fake groping per the photo on the USO plane.

                • RepealAndReplace says:

                  It was a hoax! Fake news! Alternative facts! Nothing is real!

                  • itlduso says:

                    He didn't touch her in the photo — he joked that he was. (re: groping).  She accused him of French kissing her during a rehearsal.  And, a few others later accused him of groping them during photo ops.

                    My, R&R!  You think that's enough to disenfranchise MN voters?  You have a bad case of the vapors!! 

                    • RepealAndReplace says:

                      There is nothing to keep him from running in the Democratic primary in 2020 when that seat is up again. The voters will have the opportunity to compare him with Tina Smith.

                      Alcee Hastings was impeached and removed from the U.S. District Court, then ran for and was elected to the U.S. House. There are sometimes Second Acts in life.

                      As Moderatus likes to say, "Let the voters decide!"

    • Genghis says:

      I agree that's all just a clown punching fantasy for Bennet. Tough to say about Hickenlooper, though. Fossil fuel industry contributions  would surely be sufficient to get his foot in the door, and that's all you really need in a race without a frontrunner.

    • Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

      Spot on, David

  9. itlduso says:

    Hick should/will join Bennet in the US Senate.

  10. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Hickenlooper is too old at age 66.
    Michael Bennet is the right age, but about as exciting as a school superintendent.
    Ed Perlmutter is too old at age 65.
    Ken Salazar is too old at age 63. (It would be fun to watch the right-wing nuttos call him an illegal Mexican, though.)
    Amy Klobuchar is too old at age 58.
    John Kasich is too old at age 66.
    Terry McAuliffe is too old at 61 and too tainted by Clinton association.
    John Tester is too old at 62 and his state is too small.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Get off the senior bashing shtick, idiot. To call Klobuchar too old is just stupid.  58 may be her age, but the way you're ranting lately, it also sounds like your IQ.

      • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

        No problem admitting my low IQ.

        As an angry old white man of age 70 I say it is time for the Boomers and Oldsters to exit center stage.

        Time for the Xers to take over.

        And, yes, it is ageism.

        • Gray in Mountains says:

          I want dynamism, competence and a defensible record more than an age line. The younger candidate, if they're the right one, will beat the elder. That is the right way to eliminate senior citizens

          • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

            Usually … "Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance." – David Mamet

            In this week, I'm particularly recalling the 1992 election — when an incumbent 68 year old person experiencing difficulty with "the vision thing" [and his hapless boy wonder of a VP] ran against a rich Independent [and his inarticulate, not-a-politician VP candidate] and an articulate (possibly even "slick") outsider Democrat [with his less-than-slick insider candidate for VP]. 

            I could go for a re-run of that campaign. If we could do that and NOT excessively empower a Newt-led backlash, that would be even better.  Avoid some proto-#MeToo moments by having an honorable female at the top of the ticket, it would be even better.

            So, anyone know a 50-something female outsider, known as competent in running an organization or a state, who can inspire people?  I think there should be a boomlet for Cecille Richards or someone like her.

  11. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

  12. CBSenator says:

    No on both. Bring on a progressive with brilliance and passion.


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