Colo. Governor: ‘Lincoln Wasn’t a Great Debater’

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper / AP

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper / AP


Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Monday that Abraham Lincoln “wasn’t a great debater” during a visit to the Obama campaign field office in Denver, Colo., according to Denver West Word reporter Sam Levin.

Lincoln famously participated in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates — a series of seven debates in 1858, that pitted the future president against Stephen Douglas.

This is not the first time Hickenlooper has slipped up this year while speaking in public.

The Colorado governor accidentally referred to Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia as a “rising sex star,” while introducing Garcia at a literacy event at an elementary school in March.

Five days later, Hickenlooper inadvertently told a dirty joke about the mayor of Denver.