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John Hickenlooper joins Presidential race

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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.

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    By my count (in the linked article) he's number 11. Biden will make 12 and ultimately we may have 20. I have yet to specify my favorite 5.

    people.com/politics/2020-presidential-c...

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    There is only one issue that matters above all else.

    Top Issues for Voters: Healthcare, Economy, Immigration

    Gallup › news


    top issues for voters from news.gallup.com

    Nov 2, 2018 · WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Healthcare, the economy and immigration top a list of issues ...

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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    There is only one issue that matters above all else.

    Top Issues for Voters: Healthcare, Economy, Immigration

    Gallup › news


    top issues for voters from news.gallup.com

    Nov 2, 2018 · WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Healthcare, the economy and immigration top a list of issues ...

    How about, Climate change, Infrastructure, Education, Efficiency (in the government) , getting rid of the "electoral college"; "limits on Presidential powers; getting rid of "lobbyists"; getting rid of PAC's in elections; getting rid of lobbyists in "healthcare and drugs"; no more "drug" adds; getting "budgets" for TGV trains (the real ones); have "churches pay taxes like any business; get rid of any "corruption in the "system" etc etc. All of this is just an start!
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    Denver Post Editorial endorsing Hickenlooper.

    The Denver Post editorial says they are thrilled that he is running for president. Basically, if I were to summarize it is a few words, Hickenlooper is the ultimate "nice guy"...I mean really nice. However, will being nice cut it in this cutthroat political world? It worked in Colorado.

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    Nice is great with all other things being equal. Did #45 show any niceness while belittling the huge field of Republicans to get the nomination ? The short answer is no.

    I wonder if anyone outside of the tri state area knows who he is. I'm glad he's nice but skeptical he can convince tens of millions of people to vote for him. We shall see how he handles the next few months.