Hickenlooper Has a Minor Moment, But Not Enough in Detroit

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had what may be his last chance to make a big impression on Democratic Primary voters on Tuesday in the first round of Democratic debates from Detroit. Hickenlooper probably didn’t do enough to give his Presidential campaign the boost it needed, but at least this happened:

As the Denver Post explains:

In a rare charged exchange with Sanders, he said, “You just can’t spring a plan on the world and expect it to succeed.”

Hickenlooper suggested Sanders was throwing his hands up. Sanders responded, “I will,” and did just that. The moment quickly bounced around social media.

Later, he attempted to highlight his successes in Colorado and pushed back against the idea that he is too moderate.

“I’m as progressive as anyone up here on this stage, but I’m also pragmatic,” Hickenlooper said. “I know I can get results.”

Hickenlooper is at the back of the Democratic pack in terms of both fundraising and polling averages, and neither marker is likely to change much after Tuesday. Hickenlooper spoke for about 9 minutes of the two-hour debate, giving him the least amount of stage time of the 10 candidates present.

As Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made clear in one of the most memorable lines of the night, candidates running on platform of cautious moderation may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” said Warren.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will be on stage tonight for the second half of the Detroit debates.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. OrangeFree says:

    If Hick's staff didn't resign en masse this morning after that performance, I guess I just don't get this business anymore frown

  2. spaceman65 says:

    "I'm as progressive as anyone up here on this stage."  Umm, thanks for the laugh, Hick?

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    I don't understand what Hick was trying to do — "successful, pragmatic progressive" has already demonstrated it doesn't attract huge numbers of backers or donors.  Using the same approach without adding something in the last chance for wide exposure is simply bizarre.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      He’s doing what he always has done in front of progressives when he needs our support, try to claim genuine progressive bona fides and credit for all the progressive Colorado stuff he opposed, but voters drug him to anyway — signing gun control legislation (which he then later apologized to Colorado’s sheriffs for signing), environmental controls, marijuana reform, Tabor fixes, yada yada  . . .

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Police charge Elizabeth Warren with savage murder of John Delaney

    We fear she may choke the life out of John Hickenlooper, given half a chance.



  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Happy Damn (188th) Birthday to a feisty soul once considered the most dangerous woman in America,  Mother Jones


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