Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who announced this week that he is running for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, dismissed efforts to define candidates as "capitalist" or "socialist" as "silly" in an interview Sunday with CBS's "Face The Nation."
"We define people by these labels that often have all kinds of associations and baggage with them in that sense. Do I believe in small business? Of course, I believe in small business," Hickenlooper said.
"I think it’s kind of a silly question," he added. "We should look at some of the reasons why we have less and less start-ups. We should look at the reasons why more and more people aren't wanting to start a business."
"Once you get back into these labels -- am I capitalist, am I socialist, how much of a capitalist am I versus how much of a socialist -- it becomes kind of silly doesn’t it?
"I’m happy to say I’m a capitalist, but I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us," he continued. "And what I’m trying to build this campaign around is as a country we’ve got to stop finding every excuse to divide ourselves."