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Kasich-Hickenlooper 2020 Presidential Ticket? Not So Fast, Says Hickenlooper

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Hickenlooper file photo
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper is denying that he and Ohio Governor and former GOP presidential candidate John Kasich are exploring a possible unity party presidential bid in 2020.  The speculation comes from national media sources, including CNN, which say Hickenlooper would run as Vice President. 

Colorado's Democratic governor, term limited next year, says he isn't ready to make any pledges. Hickenlooper was in Telluride this week to discuss rural economic vitality and, in unrelated comments, told member station KOTO that he’s not ready to commit to future plans.

"The moment I start talking about well, what am I going to do--am I going to run for Senate or President or something in 2020?  The minute I talk about that and form a PAC than not only am I distracted but all the people that work with me become distracted," said Hickenlooper.

He says he wants to know he gave the Governor’s office all he had, and even used his personal Twitter account to downplay the rumors.

The CNN report says the pair has "entertained the idea" of a ticket, but that the organization's source, "cautioned it has only been casually talked about." Meanwhile, he and Kasich continue to work together on policy issues such as health care and immigration.

Locally, Hickenlooper says expanding broadband will be a major focus for his final legislative session.

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Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
Bente Birkeland
Bente Birkeland has covered Colorado politics and government since spring of 2006. She loves the variety and challenge of the state capitol beat and talking to people from all walks of life. Bente's work has aired on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, American PublicMedia's Marketplace, and she was a contributor for WNYC's The Next Big Thing. She has won numerous local and national awards, including best beat reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Bente grew up in Minnesota and England, and loves skiing, hiking, and is an aspiring cello player. She lives in Lakewood with her husband.
Andrea came to KRCC in 2008 by way of Missouri. She’s responsible for KRCC’s overall news presence, and oversees a cadre of staff, freelancers, and students. Her award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC. The Ohio native loves music and media, food, and the open road; it’s also not uncommon to see her taking a walk through downtown Colorado Springs. Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaChalfin or send an email to achalfin@krcc.org Have a press release? Please email news@krcc.org.