No, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is not running for president in 2020

Hickenlooper said his comments to CNN this week about potential run against Donald Trump were misinterpreted

The Denver Post
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks in the State Capitol, June 3, 2015, in Denver.
David Zalubowski, The Associated Press

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is not running for president in 2020 — despite what you may have heard.

The two-term Democrat’s name is being mentioned as a potential contender after landing on the vice presidential short-list for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And his choice of words in a recent CNN interview about a possible presidential bid against Donald Trump only fanned the flames.

But Hickenlooper told The Denver Post in an interview Thursday that it’s nonsense. “I thought that couldn’t have been more clear that I wasn’t going to run,” he said.

“If you were legitimately going to run for president, you’d form a PAC. Literally everyone does,” Hickenlooper said, referring to a political action committee. “I haven’t formed a PAC. I’m not going to form a PAC.”

The speculation began earlier this month with a report based on anonymous sourcing from a newspaper that Trump’s White House began tracking potential rivals in 2020. The unsubstantiated list published by the New York Postincluded Hickenlooper’s name, even though he has pledged to not bash Trump.

When CNN asked Hickenlooper on Monday about his interest in running for president, the governor played coy and said, “there’s going to be lots of things on the table.”

In Washington political parlance, it translates to Hickenlooper “won’t rule out 2020 bid,” as the CNN headline blared.

Read the rest of the story in The Denver Post.