John Hickenlooper: "Someone Like Myself" Would Beat Trump More Easily Than A Far Left Democrat

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Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday night that a more moderate candidate like himself would fare better against President Trump in the 2020 election than a far left progressive.

"Most of the Democrats I've talked to, they want to beat Trump. And I think to beat Trump, I think you're going to do better with someone like myself that has a record of accomplishing bringing people together and accomplishing, you know, challenging solutions," Hickenlooper said. "Whoever's going to take on Trump has got to win in Ohio and Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Those are places where accomplishments are going to matter. It's not just having a progressive vision and talking a good game."

JOHN HICKENLOOPER: I think if you look at President Trump, he has divided the country worse than its ever been divided in its history, or certainly for the last 100 years. My history as both a mayor, a governor, as a business person was to bring people together and find solutions to vexing problems. We brought environmentalists together with the oil and gas industry with methane regulations, the equivalent of taking 320,000 cars off the road. We got expanded Medicaid. We got almost 95% of Coloradans now have healthcare coverage.



Those are difficult tough problems we've been able to get people together.

DON LEMON, CNN: Do you think it's a winning strategy to run to the left because a lot of the people who won when you look at the new Congress, the younger more diverse people coming to the office, they ran further left than many in recent years past. And they won. Do you think that's a winning strategy, that Democrats actually want someone who is pretty progressive and to the left?

HICKENLOOPER: Well, certainly Democrats have strong values, and I've always loved that about the Democratic party. Most of the Democrats I've talked to, they want to beat Trump. And I think to beat Trump, I think you're going to do better with someone like myself that has a record of accomplishing bringing people together and accomplishing, you know, challenging solutions. And whoever's going to take on Trump has got to win in Ohio and Michigan and Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Those are places where accomplishments are going to matter. It's not just having a progressive vision and talking a good game. You're going to have to show you can get things accomplished...

DON LEMON: So is that person you, or is that person you or someone like Howard Schultz, who Democrats are really upset with right now because he's thinking of running as an independent. They're afraid he's going to be a spoiler, he's going to help to re-elect Trump. What do you think?

HICKENLOOPER: That certainly worries many of us. if you look back through history, Democrats have won a couple of elections, but for that third party candidate who came in and siphoned away a crucial number of votes from the Democrats. That's the way it is. I suspect that Howard Schultz, if the polls show him that he is going to harm the chances of beating Trump that he will, in the end, not declare he is running -- but, you know, you can't predict what someone's going to do thin this kind of situation.

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