Hickenlooper: All the Other 2020 Candidates Are Just Talk

• June 16, 2019 9:40 am


Former Colorado governor and Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper on Saturday took a shot at his Democratic opponents by saying he's the only presidential candidate who has "done the things that everyone else is just talking about."

Hickenlooper appeared on CNN's Smerconish to discuss his presidential campaign and how he and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have taken shots at each other in their respective presidential campaigns. Hickenlooper publicly criticized Sanders's embrace of socialism, and Sanders fired back on Twitter with a clip of former Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt going after his critics for how they oppose his programs, including Social Security.

After playing the clip, host Michael Smerconish told Hickenlooper he believes Sanders was trying to convey that Hickenlooper would have opposed Social Security during the era of the New Deal, prompting the former governor to say Sanders was comparing apples to oranges.

"I mean, the bottom line is Social Security—the worker paid a little. The employer paid a little. It wasn't a massive expansion of government," Hickenlooper said. "When he talks about universal health care coverage and Medicare for All, he's expecting 160 to 180 million Americans to give up the private insurance that many of them want to keep. I mean, there's no relationship."

He then shifted to talk about how Roosevelt was also a governor before he became president and how he got things done in New York where he governed.

"I look at all the people running right now and I feel like I'm the only person who's actually done the things that everyone else is just talking about," Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper is one of three current or former Democratic governors running for president. Gov. Steve Bullock (Mont.) and Gov. Jay Inslee (Wash.) are still currently serving in their respective states.