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John Hickenlooper abandoned his campaign for President on August 15, 2019. (USNews


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Biography

John Hickenlooper pursued a career as a geologist after receiving a master’s degree in geology from Wesleyan University in 1980. In 1988, Hickenlooper cofounded the Wynkoop Brewing Company. From 2003 to 2011, Hickenlooper served as the Mayor of Denver for two terms. In 2011, he was elected as Governor of Colorado in which he served two terms until 2019. During his time as Governor, Hickenlooper promoted action to combat climate change, rebuild Colorado’s infrastructure after natural disaster, and expand Medicaid. Hickenlooper launched his presidential campaign on May 4, 2019 on Good Morning America, labelling himself as a pragmatic progressive. 

 


On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.

Click on an issue to read what John Hickenlooper has said on the campaign trail. 

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY 


Democracy Reforms  

  • THE WASHINGTON POST: Do you support eliminating the electoral college in favor of the popular vote?

    HICKENLOOPER: "While many of us are frustrated with the way the electoral college works ... there is no possibility of abolishing it in the near term. So we need to focus on expanding the Democratic electorate — going into suburbs and rural areas." (6/21/2019, The Washington Post)   
  • “We’ve had the size of the Supreme Court for a long time, and expanding the size of it, I think, would require a national discussion.” (6/19/2019, The New York Times)

 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • GOV. HICKENLOOPER: I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us.

    MARGARET BRENNAN: OK.

    GOV. HICKENLOOPER: What I'm trying to build this campaign around, is to say that as a country we've got to stop finding every excuse to divide ourselves--

    MARGARET BRENNAN: Point taken.

    GOV. HICKENLOOPER: And begin working together because we've got some big issues to make. (3/10/2019, CBS News)

    I mean, the reason I'm running is because I think Donald Trump is fueling a national crisis of division.  And Trump is the symptom, not the disease. Im not saying it's essential to beat Donald Trump, but I'm running because, you know, this crisis of division is taking the country backwards, but I don't think socialism is the answer, right? (5/29/2019, MSNBC)


  Securitization and Surveillance 

  • "There are two kinds of enterprises in the world: there are those that have been hacked, and there are those that are going to be hacked.... Ive been asking mayors and most of us were ill-informed about the scale and the magnitude, and - I guess that's probably redundant, but-  how many different points of weakness there are, and how serious the consequences are if one of those points of weakness is breached. 
  • Gov. Hickenlooper is a non-voting founding member of the leadership of the National Cybersecurity Center. (https://cyber-center.org/elements/team-member/)

Hate Crime  

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Criminal Justice Reform 

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Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

  •  "Now Donald Trump reminds us every day that democracy is something we neglect at our own peril. He is fueling a national crisis of division, the likes of which our country hasn't seen since the Civil War. He has emboldened a culture of hate. He has defended white supremacists from the oval office. Beating Donald Trump is absolutely essential, but it is not sufficient." (6/22/19 MSNBC)

 


Immigration 

  • I agree that we need secure borders. There's no question about that. And the frustration with what's going on in Washington is they're kicking the ball back and forth. Secure the borders, make sure whatever law we have doesn't allow children to be snatched from their parents and put in cages. How hard can that be?” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • The first thing we have to do is recognize the humanitarian crisis on the border for what it is and make sure there are the sufficient facilities in place so that women and children are not separated from their families. The children are with their families. We have to make sure that—that ICE is completely reformed. And they begin looking at their job in a humanitarian way where they are addressing the whole needs of the people that they are engaged with along the border. And we have to make sure, ultimately, that we provide not just shelter, but food, clothing and access to medical care.” (6/28/19, First Democratic Debate transcript in The New York Times)  

 

NO BAN Act 

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FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • "We don’t have to agree with every action of every Israeli government to recognize that Israeli people deserve real security, and part of that translates into making sure that we speak out at every opportunity against hateful rhetoric and to say that the actions … and some of the language that fire up hatred toward the Jewish community in this country is unacceptable.” (7/25/2019, The Jewish Link)
  • “We don’t always approve of the decisions of [the] Israeli government but most of us recognize Israel is ally of long standing, one of our strongest allies and even when someone criticizes certain activities of [the] Israeli government, it doesn’t mean we are in anyway diminishing our presence and long term support of the country... The countries that the United States has its strongest alliances with are generally countries that operate similar methods of our own, usually democracies, generally open markets, believe in rule of law, and by all of our categories, Israel is one of our closest allies... I do recognize and value that the Palestinians are dealing with their own humanitarian issues. . . and making investments that will help them improve their lives and creating a stronger economy but at the same time make sure that we’re moving towards a long term peace, that’s a challenge.” (6/25/19, Jewish Insider)
  • “I will stand by Israel as our strongest ally in the Middle East and ensure it is safe from aggression by Iran and other neighbors. We do not have to agree with every action of every Israeli government to know the Israeli people deserve real security and that we should reject boycotts, divestments and sanctions on Israel. I support a two-state solution, and I will use America’s leadership to push for a resumption of negotiations for a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” (6/23/19, Twitter) 
  • “Violence in the Middle East has escalated, as Israel has launched rocket strikes against the terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza. As outlined in a bipartisan resolution that was adopted in the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on Tuesday evening, I support the United States’ mediation efforts for a durable ceasefire agreement that immediately ends Hamas rocket assaults and leads to the demilitarization of Gaza. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the violence on both sides. In chaos and carnage, right and wrong bleed in the rubble, and it becomes more critical that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, the only enduring democracy in the region,” he continued. “We wish the Middle East the peace it has for so long been unable to find.” (3/24/19, JNS) 

Iran Tensions 

  • It’s safe to say Iran has continued to fund terrorists’ activities in the Middle East. I think it’s fair to say their testing and their willingness to engage in ballistic missiles should be somewhat restrained and obviously the original intention was to restrain their ability to develop these weapons. Maybe there would have to be some economic concessions or an economic agreement. What’s tricky is that our allies who we have works so hard with in so many spheres of international relations, their still engaged in that agreement, so it would be a pretty complex effort to try and rejoin the agreement. (5/21/19, MSN) 
     
  • “I would be willing to consider resuming U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear agreement, but only after working with our allies to include tougher conditions against Iran’s support for regional terror groups, its ballistic missile program, and its long-term ability to pursue a nuclear program.” (5/21/19, MSN)

  


 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • Well, we share the recognition of the incredible costs. People don't realize that half the soldiers that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were National Guard. And so I went and sent them off on their deployments, big, you know, noisy hangers, but I also mourned with their families when they didn't come back. We are able now to -- I call it constant engagement. But we should have an international diplomatic approach where we're talking to everybody, because if we're going to deal with climate change and cyber security and nuclear proliferation, we've got to be talking to everybody. And tariff wars don't work (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • “We can’t disengage. We have to reach out and keep this notion of constant engagement with all the players.” (5/21/19, MSN) 

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

  • On Afghanistan: “If we completely pull our troops out of there, you're going to see a humanitarian disaster that will startle and frighten every man, woman, and child in this country. And I don't think -- I mean, we have troops in over 400 different locations around the world. Most of them are small, they're peacekeeping, they're not greatly at risk. We're going to have to be in Afghanistan. Look at the progress that's (ph) happened in that country. We're going to turn our backs and walk away from people that have risked their lives to help us and build a different future for Afghanistan and that part of the world? (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • “I don’t think supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen is a great idea.” (6/25/19, Jewish Insider)
     
  • “We can’t just ignore what’s happening in Yemen because it somehow seems peripheral to Israel, our closest ally. We have to recognize that it is all interconnected and a solution has to satisfy all the players in the region.” (5/21/19, MSN)