Colorado's former governor John Hickenlooper, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, argued that a centralized Democrat should be the Wednesday night of the 2020 party in a CNN town hall.
Hickenlooper relied heavily on his experience as that of his state To emphasize the ability of its leader to work across various interests and enforce key policies including stricter weapons controls and environmental regulations.
He argued that his work as governor could make him the right person to depose the president Donald Trump.
"In Colorado, I was able to bring people together and find collaborative solutions on many sides of the fence," he said. "We've got the oil and gas industry to connect with the environmental community … to create the first methane regulations in the country."
Hickenlooper, a Brewpub-owned geologist, became a Republican politician on issues such as the expansion of Medicaid in Colorado. He was able to steer the policy through divergent legislation and ensure medical care for the vast majority of citizens. But as Vox's Tara Golshan writes, his record is filled with contradictions. For example, while Hickenlooper has helped drive methane pollution control, it has also pushed back regulations that would have kept oil companies further away from homes, schools and parks.
Hickenlooper expects some of his companies to do so Bona fides, a bipartisan party, could feed voters with a broader polarization. However, he was not afraid to criticize Trump directly at certain moments ̵
He also shied away from advocating some key progressive priorities: while advocating general health care and free community college, he stopped supporting Medicare-for-all and free college.
Here are three key moments of the town hall.
1) He says states should take the lead in legalizing marijuana.
Colorado under Hickenlooper was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and although he initially refused this step, the governor said he had come around and now thinks that other states should be able to do the same do.
"Most of our fears have not come true. We did not see a peak in consumption, "he said. "I think it's so much better than the old system when we sent millions of children into jail … where states legalize marijuana, the federal government should avoid it."
Instead of supporting a national law that legalises marijuana Senor Cory Booker (D-NJ) suggested that the former governor argue for states to deal with the problem themselves. While he believes that the federal government could engage in various ways, Hickenlooper added that there should be "a nationwide system for medical marijuana."
2) He does not advocate for Medicare-for-all, although he does so argues for a public option
Hickenlooper said he supports a path to general health care but does not support Medicare-for-all Alles.
"We are almost universal in Colorado, we are 95 percent," he said, noting that this coverage was due to a combination of policies, including the extension of Medicaid and the establishment of some of the "most innovative" healthcare exchanges in the world Country.
This places him in the less aggressive category of plans the Democrats currently intend to extend to health care in America. As my colleagues Sarah Kliff and Dylan Scott said after reviewing the nine proposals so far, "there are some who would replace private insurance and cover all Americans by the government. Then there are the others who would allow all Americans to buy into state insurance (like Medicare or Medicaid) if they wanted. " Hickenlooper is the latter.
"I do not agree with Sen. [Bernie] Sanders and the single-payer approach, "said the former governor. "I understand that we need a public option. Unlike Medicare-for-all, which guarantees state insurance for all Americans, a public option would mean that the government offers its own alternative to private insurance. "
Hickenlooper emphasized that many people currently satisfied with their employer have provided a plan and highlighted this factor as a major obstacle to the possible introduction of Medicare-for-All.
"I mean, there are over 150 million people who [have employer-sponsored insurance] – .I can not imagine how we would get rid of them from health insurance, which they in most cases like," he said.
3) Asked why voters should choose him for a woman or a person of color, Hickenlooper said he brings unique experiences to the table.
Hickenlooper, like some of the other white men who sought the Democratic nomination, was asked why voters should vote for him over a woman or a color candidate. His answer, while trying to reverse existing gender expectations, missed something.
"Diversity is certainly the greatest strength of the Democratic Party, and I celebrate it," he asked. "As I said, I run for the president because I believe that I have had different experiences than many people, and I have always been able to bring people together while I was in government and I was a small business.
CNN anchor Dana Bash then asked if Hickenlooper would commit to considering a woman as its vice-vice president.
"Of course, but … I'll ask you another question," he said. "But why do not we ask women more often if they're ready to put a man on the ticket?"
"When we get to that point, I'll ask you that question," Bash shot back.