Hick/Kasich 2020, Anyone?

Gov. John Hickenlooper.

A note in Politico playbook throws Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper a bit of favorable 2020 speculation, either as a presidential candidate or running against embattled Sen. Cory Gardner–thought probably not the article’s teaser:

SOME NEWS — We asked COLORADO GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER during a Playbook Exchange event here if he would run for the White House on a ticket with OHIO REPUBLICAN GOV. JOHN KASICH. He said: “I don’t think Kasich would ever do that … You never know. You never say. He’s an easy person to work with. He’s strongly opinionated. And quick to his opinion. But he also knows as much about the federal budget, and understands health care at a deeper level than almost any other governor I know. … I don’t think it’s in the cards. But I do like the idea of working with him in some context at some point.” The governor told us Trump has told him he’s taken notice of his appearances on TV.

— WILL HICKENLOOPER RUN AGAINST SEN. CORY GARDNER (R-COLO.)? He said he was “disappointed” with Gardner’s stance on health care. “That’s not the Cory Gardner I thought I knew.” Hickenlooper said he is “not ruling anything out.” When asked what he thinks about when he considers running for a seat in Washington, Hickenlooper joked, “I think why me? What did I do to hurt you?”

As readers know, Gov. Hickenlooper and moderate GOP Gov. John Kasich have joined forces gainfully to fight back against the GOP’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In Hickenlooper’s case, that puts him squarely on the opposite side of Sen. Gardner, who is now indelibly linked to those repeal attempts after (allegedly) participating in the drafting of the bill and voting for every iteration presented to him.

In terms of Hickenlooper’s next move after leaving the governor’s office next year, there is growing talk about him mounting a run for the U.S. Senate against Gardner, which is a more attainable prospect than the much bigger gamble of running for President. That race would pit two of Colorado’s most successful politicians against each other, both presumably looking to win on a hopeful and positive campaign–Hickenlooper’s specialty, and also a strategy that proved effective for Gardner in 2014. That alone would make this a fascinating race to watch.

Hickenlooper’s not “ruling anything out,” and you certainly shouldn’t either.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Hick/ Kasich? Oh hells no. Against Gardner? Maybe.

  2. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Now if you flip it, maybe.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    This post has a fundamental confusion, referring to "moderate GOP Gov. John Kasich."

    Any sense of "moderate" from Kasich is only a pragmatic assessment of not being able to do what he wants to do or being able to get "free" money from Washington.

  4. ZappateroZappatero says:

    The Stoopid Triangulators never give up, will they, even as Republicans drive the ship of state over a cliff we must be bipartisan with them. Hick is abundantly unprepared to be president, and after Republicans hoisted Trump on us are we really so insipid as to further play into their hands with this self-destructive bipartisanship?

    Kasich is only a moderate in today's world where Donald Trump is a Fucking Genius and the proprietors of this blog are Committed Progressives dedicated to life long Democratic Principles. In other words: NOT.

    Hey, can we get a Chrome extension replacing "Michael Bennet" with "Colorado's Greatest Senator and Revolutionary Proponent of Student Loan Refis Stalwart Michael Bennet"?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      But Zappy…..how do you really feel?

    • marklane1351 says:

      I am committed to Democratic Principles. These include transparency, elected officials making themselves available to their constituents. An independent and free press. Senators holding confirmation hearings. The Senate shall provide advice and consent for judicial nominations.  I take it very fucking personal that a hostile  country engages in an attack on our democratic process!

  5. ZappateroZappatero says:

    this is how dedicated CPols is to progressive values: they put this shit on the front page even as CO voters have gone (D) for president 3 in a row. Jason, like his hero Chris Cillizza, is hooked on triviality and superficiality.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Not disagreeing with you at all here, kind of agreeing, actually . . .

      . . . but I was wondering, just to be clear and all, which parking meter Jason are we yelling at today??

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