CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota played the identity politics card on Monday on “New Day” — and directly asked outgoing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) if “this is the right time” for a “white guy” like him to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
With less than a month left in the year 2018, potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are expected to announce their decision over the next couple of months as to whether or not they’ll challenge President Donald Trump.
Some of the rumored contenders include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and failed Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
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Harris and Booker are both people of color — and the youngest members of the crowd are O’Rourke, Booker, Gillibrand and Harris.
But Hickenlooper (pictured above right), 66, told Camerota (above left) that he is “past 50/50” on whether he will throw his hat in the ring.
Camerota, however, wanted to know if Hickenlooper was fully aware of “the debate that the Democratic Party is having right now.”
“Is it time to have somebody of color and a woman and somebody younger? Or somebody more Establishment?” Camerota asked Hickenlooper.
The Colorado governor carefully replied, “I think that the Democrats across the country are going to help decide that. And I’m not sure it’s clear what is exactly needed.”
“But I do know there are a lot of strong opinions, and that list shows the strength of the Democratic Party. I mean, there are people from all walks of life,” Hickenlooper added.
Camerota pressed on, asking, “But as a white guy, are you trying to calculate whether or not this is the right time for you?”
“Well, this is the time it’s worked out,” Hickenlooper answered. “I’ve finished my term as governor. I finish in one month and I have an opportunity to take what we’ve done in Colorado — we went from 40th in job creation to the number-one economy in the country. We’ve got one of the top rural economies in the country.”
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“I think there’s a point where someone like me — I’m an entrepreneur, I’m a problem solver. I’ve been good at bringing people together that historically have been antagonistic … can bring the divided parts of the country and divided constituencies back together.”
Hickenlooper also told Camerota, “I look at things through a different filter than most of the other candidates out there.”
“I think, you know, people say Colorado is a flyover state, Denver was a cow town. But we’ve changed dramatically in the last couple of decades,” he added. “And I think a lot of those changes and sort of how we did it, how we worked together — it’s a message that people should hear even if they decide they want to make sure that we have the first African-American woman as president. The lessons from Colorado still have value.”
Check out the interview of this encounter in the video clip below: