The former Denver mayor and two-term governor enters the contest as the prohibitive Democratic front-runner
By Quint Forgery and James Arkin | POLITICO
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race one week ago, announced Thursday that he will challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.
“I don’t think Cory Gardner understands that the games he’s playing with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are hurting the people of Colorado,” Hickenlooper said in a campaign video, filmed in a pool hall, which touched on pre-existing conditions, prescription drug prices, the protection of public lands and climate change.
“Look, I’m a straight shooter. I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done,” Hickenlooper said. “But this is no time to walk away from the table. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot.”