Skip to comments.NRSC Mocks Hickenlooper for Now Running for Job He Said He Couldn't Do
Posted on 08/22/2019 8:37:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
Well, that's the end of the road for presidential candidate John Hicklenlooper. But it's just the beginning for Senate candidate John Hickenlooper. The former Colorado governor gave it his best shot but never exceeded an average of 1 percent national support in his 2020 campaign. The press repeatedly asked him why he was running for the White House and not the Senate, where he could be much more influential, but he insisted Congress wasn't for him.
“I’m not cut out to be a senator,” Hickenlooper said in February. “Senators don’t build teams. Senators sit and debate in small groups, which is important, right? But I’m not sure that’s my — I’m a doer. That’s what gives me joy.”
He still held that sentiment in May, telling MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he's the person who "can bring people together and really get done the big, progressive things that people say can't get done."
On Thursday, Hickenlooper officially declared he had changed his mind.
I’ve always said Washington is a lousy place for a guy like me who knows how to get things done. But this is no time to walk away. Changing DC is hard, but I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado. I'm running for U.S. Senate. Join us: https://t.co/v7THnZZ9aB #COSen pic.twitter.com/iiQXOUrRhJ— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 22, 2019
The National Republican Senate Committee had a field day with it.
“John Hickenlooper is desperate to redeem himself after flopping on the national stage, but we think he said it best just a few months ago: he is ‘not cut out’ for the Senate,'" NRSC spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez said in a statement on Thursday. "This crowded Senate field has been in a race to the left and Hickenlooper’s quixotic presidential bid did not do him any favors in proving he can compete in any race in 2020.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also announced that he's withdrawing from the White House race during his appearance on Maddow's show last night. But he's still going to be fighting climate change, his No. 1 issue.
"It's become clear that I'm not going to be carrying the ball," he admitted. "I'm not going to be the president, so I'm withdrawing tonight from the race."
That makes three candidates who have now called it quits. But there are still plenty where they came from.
And then there were...still a lot. #2020Dems #2020Election pic.twitter.com/XFWO80AUFj— Cortney O'Brien (@obrienc2) August 22, 2019
“But Im not sure thats my Im a doer. Thats what gives me joy.
Yup, a ‘doer’ in the headlights.
Odds are he's going to get the chance. Gardner is the most vulnerable of the Republican senators in this cycle.
After 10 years of attacking the Base and collecting $$$ from RATS to flip seats, the GOP-e finally starts working?
Sadly, I think he’ll win that Senate seat
I believe you are correct. Will it make much difference?
Gardner is an obvious phony who votes with the Democrats much of the time. But it won't save him in the next election.
The GOP in Colorado is going down the same declining path as the GOP in California. The Democrats don't need them anymore and don't want them either. There is no longer any point in "reaching across the aisle". The Republicans still try it though.
Gardner is a big disappointment
Media: You should run for senator. You should run for senator. You should run for senator.
Hickenlooper: OK, I'll run for senator.
Media: OMG! Can you believe this guy? He actually think he deserves to be senator!!
Even a moron could do it.
Some actual examples are Bob Casey, Jr. and Patty Bin Murray.
I can think of roughly 100 current examples that prove you are right.
I actually kind of liked him. So he won’t have to go up against Trump. Lucky fellow.
Unfortunately, he will win this race easily. Gardner could have defeated (barely) any of the dwarfs. But Hick is extremely popular.
should make for some great campaign ads against him ...
Those in the 75 to 100 range are merely below average or mentally challenged (on the low end).
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