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New York Times: John Hickenlooper on the Issues
Colorado's former governor, John Hickenlooper has added his name to the long list of Democratic Party hopefuls for the 2020 presidential election. As a resident of Colorado, I really like our former governor and think he would make a good president. As a moderate, I agree with him on most issues (not all). He is known to work both sides of the aisle, a pragmatist rather than an idealist. I like that.
He was a geologist by training, and later opened up a brewpub in Denver. I heard he makes excellent beer...that's a big plus for me.
On the issues he has a good record of getting gun control legislation passed in Colorado, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and voiced his opposition to Bernie's Medicare for All plan -- there are “many different ways to cut the pie and work on the issue”.
On environmental issues he "added Colorado to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to counter the Trump administration’s environmental policies. He also signed an executive order mandating, by 2025, a 26 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels, and emphasized the economic potential of renewable energy."
He supports the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, both agreements scuttled by Trump but also not supported by Bernie Sanders.
However, in this political environment where personality and likeability seem to sway more than one's stance on issues, he may have a hard time gaining traction. Also as a moderate he will be highly criticized by the progressives in the party.
Oh, and I like the sound of "President John Hickenlooper".
Hickenlooper is on my top 5 list.