Of the many, many, many Democrats running for president in 2020, John Hickenlooper is at the bottom in terms of name recognition.
The very bottom.
If elected president, which is funny to even type when it comes to Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado vowed, in front of race-baiter Al Sharpton, to pass a bill for slavery reparations.
You’d have to imagine John means he’d sign a bill, considering the executive branch doesn’t make law.
More from the NAN conference, per CBS News:
A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are set to speak at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention as they compete to reach black voters, a critical demographic in the upcoming primary elections. Sharpton’s convention has garnered prominent guests in the past, such as President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Presidential candidates speaking at the National Action Network convention on Wednesday include former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, businessman Andrew Yang and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the gubernatorial race in Georgia last year and is currently mulling a presidential bid, is also speaking Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, Rep. John Delaney and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are speaking at the convention.
More on Hickenlooper, via New York Times:
John Hickenlooper, the two-time Colorado governor and former brewpub owner who has overseen Colorado’s remarkable economic expansion, declared his candidacy for president on Monday.
Mr. Hickenlooper, 67, a socially progressive, pro-business Democrat who has called himself an “extreme moderate,” had long said he was considering a run, and made early visits to Iowa and New Hampshire. His biggest challenge will be distinguishing himself in what is sure to be a packed field of potentially history-making candidates and deep-pocketed household names.
In his announcement, on “Good Morning America,” he said the nation had entered a “crisis of division.”
“I think it’s probably the worst period of division we’ve had in this country since the Civil War,” he said. “Ultimately I’m running for president because I believe that not only can I beat Donald Trump, but that I am the person that can bring people together on the other side and actually get stuff done. The division is keeping us from addressing big issues like climate change and the soaring costs of health care.”
Mr. Hickenlooper said he planned to run as a “pragmatic progressive,” a candidate with extensive executive experience in a primary field of senators. He also suggested that his childhood as a self-declared nerd had prepared him for an electoral battle against the president.
“As a skinny kid with Coke-bottle glasses and a funny last name,” he said in a campaign video released on Monday, with the Rocky Mountains as his backdrop, “I’ve stood up to my fair share of bullies.”