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John Hickenlooper (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Colorado. He assumed office on January 3, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Hickenlooper (Democratic Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Colorado. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Hickenlooper also ran for election for President of the United States. He withdrew before the Democratic convention on August 18, 2020.

Hickenlooper was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. He was prevented by term limits from seeking re-election in 2018.

On March 4, 2019, Hickenlooper announced that he was running for president of the United States. On August 15, 2019, Hickenlooper suspended his presidential campaign.

Hickenlooper previously served as mayor of Denver from 2003 to 2011, during which time the city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Hickenlooper was born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, in 1952. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English in 1974 and a master's degree in geology in 1980.

Hickenlooper accepted a job in Colorado with Buckhorn Petroleum in 1981. After an oil industry downturn led to Hickenlooper being laid off later in the decade, he founded a brewpub in Denver. In 2003, Hickenlooper ran for mayor of Denver, defeating City Auditor Donald Mares with 65% of the vote in the runoff. Hickenlooper was re-elected with 86% of the vote in 2007.

In 2010, Hickenlooper defeated former Rep. Tom Tancredo (C) to win election as governor of Colorado, receiving 51% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2014 with 49% of the vote over former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R). Hickenlooper was prevented from running for a third term in 2018 by term limits.

While governor, Hickenlooper developed a partnership with Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) on policy issues, particularly healthcare. Media reports in 2018 suggested the possibility of a Kasich run for president with Hickenlooper as his running mate.


  • B.A. - Wesleyan University (1974)
  • M.A. - Wesleyan University (1980)


  • MA, Geology, Wesleyan University, 1980
  • BA, English, Wesleyan University, 1974

Professional Experience

  • MA, Geology, Wesleyan University, 1980
  • BA, English, Wesleyan University, 1974
  • Co-Founder/Co-Owner, The Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1987-2003
  • Geologist, Buckhorn Petroleum, 1981-1986

Political Experience

  • MA, Geology, Wesleyan University, 1980
  • BA, English, Wesleyan University, 1974
  • Co-Founder/Co-Owner, The Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1987-2003
  • Geologist, Buckhorn Petroleum, 1981-1986
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Colorado, 2020
  • Governor, State of Colorado, 2011-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of Colorado, 2010, 2014
  • Mayor, City of Denver, 2003-2011

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Member, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation

Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families

Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband

Chair, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety

Member, Subcommittee on Energy

Member, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

Chair, Subcommittee on Space and Science

Member, Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion

Member, Subcommittee on Water and Power

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MA, Geology, Wesleyan University, 1980
  • BA, English, Wesleyan University, 1974
  • Co-Founder/Co-Owner, The Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1987-2003
  • Geologist, Buckhorn Petroleum, 1981-1986
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Colorado, 2020
  • Governor, State of Colorado, 2011-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of Colorado, 2010, 2014
  • Mayor, City of Denver, 2003-2011
  • Vice-Chair, Democratic Governors Association
  • Chair, National Governors Association, 2014-2015
  • Chair, Western Governors' Association, 2013-2014

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Top 5 Big-City Mayor, Time Magazine, 2005

Favorite Book:

Team of Rivals, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Dancing Bear.

Favorite Movie:

Citizen Kane, To Have and Have Not, and Polar Express

Favorite Quote:

"With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions." - Abraham Lincoln

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Watching live music, spending time in communities throughout Colorado, watching the Colorado Rockies, playing with his son

Hickenlooper in the news

July 12-15, 2019: Hickenlooper is campaigning in Iowa.

July 8, 2019: The Washington Post reported on Hickenlooper’s campaign through Iowa, writing, “Hickenlooper’s pitch is that he can appeal to both liberal Democrats and the white working-class voters who have flocked to Trump.” Also, in a July 8 interview with The Des Moines Register, Hickenlooper said he had rebooted his campaign and planned to spend more time campaigning than fundraising.

July 7, 2019: Hickenlooper discussed the health of his campaign following several staff departures, saying that "the vast majority of the problem with the campaign was me not being as good of a messenger as I need to be."

July 5-6, 2019: Hickenlooper held two campaign events in Aspen, Colorado, before heading to Iowa.

July 2, 2019: The Hickenlooper campaign confirmed the departure of five staffers, including the previously reported departures of his campaign manager and national finance director.

Policy Positions



Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice


1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes


Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- No


Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Unknown Position


1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- Yes


Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes


Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

2. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Yes


1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Unknown Position


Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes


October 6 debate

October 6, 2014

A debate hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce evolved from an economics discussion into a clash over public safety issues between John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R). Beauprez blamed Hickenlooper for what he considered lax oversight of state prisons, citing recent instances where inmates convicted of violent crimes were released without public notice. Hickenlooper argued that once someone who committed a crime has served a sentence, there is no legal rationale for keeping the person incarcerated. He also argued that the state legislature failed to pass a new law in 2013 that would have created an intermediary step between prison and freedom for inmates with psychological issues or histories of violent behavior.

Hickenlooper and Beauprez also shared their views on controversial topics including marijuana legalization and immigration policy during the debate. Hickenlooper argued that other states should take notice of the difficulties Colorado faces in the early days of marijuana legalization and said that Colorado residents who supported legalization lacked the information to make an informed vote.

Beauprez also addressed immigration policy, having previously argued that people in the country illegally should be sent back to their home countries before returning through official channels. Beauprez suggested during the debate that this process would not be necessary as part of immigration reform.



U.S. Senate

United States Senate election in Colorado, 2020 (June 30 Democratic primary)

United States Senate election in Colorado, 2020 (June 30 Republican primary)

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Colorado

The following candidates ran in the general election for U.S. Senate Colorado on November 3, 2020.

John Hickenlooper (D)
1,731,114 Votes

Cory Gardner (R)
1,429,492 Votes

Raymon Doane (L)
56,262 Votes

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Daniel Doyle (Approval Voting Party)
9,820 Votes

Stephan Evans (Unity Party)
8,971 Votes

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Michael Sanchez (Independent) (Write-in)

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Bruce Lohmiller (G) (Write-in)

Danny Skelly (Independent) (Write-in)

Total votes: 3,235,659

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Colorado

John Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Colorado on June 30, 2020.

John Hickenlooper
585,826 Votes

Andrew Romanoff
412,955 Votes

Total votes: 998,781

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Colorado

Incumbent Cory Gardner advanced from the Republican primary for U.S. Senate Colorado on June 30, 2020.

Cory Gardner
554,806 Votes

Total votes: 554,806

Libertarian primary election
Libertarian primary for U.S. Senate Colorado

Raymon Doane defeated Gaylon Kent in the Libertarian primary for U.S. Senate Colorado on June 30, 2020.

Raymon Doane
4,365 Votes

Gaylon Kent
2,583 Votes

Total votes: 6,948

Unity Party convention
Unity Party convention for U.S. Senate Colorado

Stephan Evans defeated Joshua Rodriguez in the Unity Party convention for U.S. Senate Colorado on April 4, 2020.

Stephan Evans (Unity Party)

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Joshua Rodriguez (Unity Party)

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Martha Wolf (Independent)
  • Margot Dupre (R)
  • Joseph Camp (Independent)
  • Derrick Blanton (D)
  • Angela Williams (D)
  • Alice Madden (D)
  • Ellen Burnes (D)
  • Dan Baer (D)
  • John Walsh (D)
  • Keith Pottratz (D)
  • Danielle Kombo (D)
  • David Goldfischer (D)
  • Critter Milton (D)
  • Gary Swing (Other)
  • Michelle Ferrigno Warren (D)
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding (D)
  • Diana Bray (D)
  • Michael Johnston (D)
  • Trish Zornio (D)
  • Lorena Garcia (D)
  • Denise Burgess (D)
  • Erik Underwood (D)
  • Dustin John Leitzel (D)
  • Veronique Bellamy (Socialist Party)

Candidate profile

John Hickenlooper

Image of John Hickenlooper

Website Facebook Twitter

Party: Democratic Party

Incumbent: No

Political Office:

  • Governor of Colorado (2011-2019)
  • Mayor of Denver (2003-2011)

Biography: Hickenlooper received a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in geology from Wesleyan University. He worked as a geologist at Buckhorn Petroleum before becoming a restauranteur. He opened the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver in 1987 followed by seven other small businesses.

Key messages

  • Hickenlooper said, "Climate change is the defining challenge of our time" and called for a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050. He also opposed the selling of federal lands and said he would prioritize conservation.

  • Regarding healthcare, Hickenlooper said he would create "a public option that will lower health care costs and boost competition." He also argued that prescription drug prices should be lowered by requiring companies to be more transparent about pricing.

  • Hickenlooper pledged not to accept donations from corporate PACs and said, "Decades of weakening our campaign finance laws have led to corruption in Washington." He advocated for automatic voter registration and universal vote-by-mail.

Sources: Hickenlooper's 2020 campaign website, "On the Issues," accessed April 29, 2020, Facebook, "John W. Hickenlooper," April 25, 2020; LinkedIn, "John Hickenlooper," accessed April 29, 2020, Hickenlooper's 2020 campaign website, "Meet John," accessed April 29, 2020


Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) won the presidential election on November 3, 2020. Biden received 306 electoral votes and President Donald Trump (R) received 232 electoral votes. In the national popular vote, Biden received 81.2 million votes and Trump received 74.2 million votes.

Hickenlooper announced that he was running for president on March 4, 2019. On August 15, 2019, Hickenlooper suspended his presidential campaign.



Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia Incumbent 49.3% 1,006,433
Republican Bob Beauprez/Jill Rapella 46% 938,195
Libertarian Matthew Hess/Brandon Young 1.9% 39,590
Green Harry Hempy/Scott Olson 1.3% 27,391
Unaffiliated Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts 1.2% 24,042
Unaffiliated Paul Fiorino/Charles Whitley 0.3% 5,923
Total Votes 2,041,574
Election results via Colorado Secretary of State


Hickenlooper was unopposed in the August 10 primary. On November 2, 2010, John Hickenlooper won election to the office of Governor of Colorado. He defeated Tom Tancredo (ACP), Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L), Jason Clark (I) and Paul Fiorino (I) in the general election.

Governor of Colorado, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper 51% 912,005
American Constitution Party Tom Tancredo 36.5% 651,232
Republican Dan Maes 11.1% 199,034
Libertarian Jaimes Brown 0.7% 12,314
Independent Jason Clark 0.5% 8,576
Independent Paul Fiorino 0.2% 3,483
Total Votes 1,786,644
Election results via The New York Times.
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State Sen. Jeff Bridges
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Mar. 3, 2021Floor Speech

John Hickenlooper says the vast majority of his presidential campaign’s problem “was me”

Jul. 8, 2020

Several top-level campaign staffers left John Hickenlooper last week and a wave of news stories questioned his ability to turn around his presidential run By Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press PERRY, Iowa — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday “the vast majority of the problem with the campaign was me,” but promised to stay in the Democratic presidential race and become a better candidate. That is despite calls from his own staff for him to exit the presidential race and run for Senate instead. “Certainly the vast majority of the problem with the campaign was me not being as good of a messenger as I need to be, but you can’t switch or trade in a new candidate,” he said in an interview with a local reporter after a town hall in Perry, Iowa. Hickenlooper acknowledged that “there’s just a bunch of skills that don’t come naturally to me” that are essential to campaigning — “like being a really good debater, being real smooth with wealthy donors.” But “I’m committed to growing and working and getting better,” he added. The frank assessment of his challenges come after a number of top staffers on Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign left the team, after Hickenlooper failed to gain traction in early polls and has struggled to raise money in the first few months of his campaign. But he told the Perry voters that, despite pushback from his staff, he plans to stay in the race and sees Iowa as his opportunity to break out. “I realize I’m at 1% in the polls, and you know some of my own staff said, ‘Run for Senate’! I think Iowa is where that can be changed,” he said, citing the “pragmatism” of Iowa voters. He joked that “I’m unemployed, so I’m gonna spend a lot of time in Iowa.” Still, Hickenlooper faced that same skepticism from some members of the audience, with one voter asking the former governor why he’s opting not to challenge Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Hickenlooper replied that “you’ve gotta love it to give your life to public service,” and suggested he’d prefer the work of being president to that of being a senator. But speaking after the event, Hickenlooper expressed optimism in the face of what he acknowledged were tough odds. “Sometimes, the longshot becomes the legend,” he said. Source:  

Dem Candidates Give Pelosi, Party Leaders a Pass on SBA Loans

Apr. 21, 2020

John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s two-term governor whose 2020 Democratic presidential bid morphed into a Senate campaign, wants voters to know he’s not an average politician. The former Denver mayor is trying to unseat freshman Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, and his campaign literature is sprinkled with references to his small-business beginnings and the brewpub chain he created with a loan from the city more than three decades ago. Hickenlooper would go on to sell his stake in the chain for a reported $7 million.   “Change is on tap,” his website bio page proclaims, describing Hickenlooper’s “different path to public office.” The life story is accompanied by beer-tap icon and black-and-white photo of a 1980s-styled Hickenlooper and his three business partners, all clad in T-shirt and jeans, standing below a Wynkoop Brewery-coming-soon sign that promoted the undertaking as a project of the city and county of Denver’s Revolving Loan Fund Program. Now that a global coronavirus pandemic has workers locked down in their homes and more than 22 million Americans out of work, business-friendly Democrats like Hickenlooper are urgently pressing for more loans and action to help small businesses survive. “We must accelerate our efforts to enable small businesses to keep workers on payroll,” Hickenlooper said in a statement over the weekend. Last week he unveiled his multi-point plan to do just that. It starts out by acknowledging that “half of small businesses only have about a two-week cash buffer before they collapse.” Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., have been  holding up hundreds of billions in federal funds intended to rescue the same kind of restaurants, stores, breweries and other small businesses across the country. A $350 billion loan program, part of the CARES Act, was paused last Thursday after quickly burning through all of its money. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have been facing heat over the last week for their role in the stalemate. While acknowledging that small businesses are being crushed, Democrats have insisted on tying the rescue to their own priorities, including $150 billion funding for state and local governments that are facing spiraling budget deficits – many COVID-related, but some not — and some $75 billion for hospitals. All of this is occurring during an election year, and Republicans have hammered Democratic candidates over it while playing up what they see as a wildly out-of-touch moment for Pelosi last week. The wealthy Democratic Party leader joined comedian James Corden from her California home on his late-night show, taking shots at President Trump’s handling of the pandemic while showing off how much designer ice cream she has in her two gleaming sub-zero freezers. “While Nancy Pelosi sits in her ivory tower in San Francisco eating $13 dollar a pint ice cream out of her $24,000 fridge, she is cheering on Democrats for blocking coronavirus relief aid that has so far been distributed to 1.3 billion small businesses that is about to run out,” Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest tweeted. “Question for Nancy Pelosi: How many more jobs will you eliminate while you and your fellow Democrats continue to block more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program?” Guest followed up in an email to reporters on Monday. Critics on the left also panned the appearance as unseemly. “Millions of Americans are waiting for crappy one-time 1200 checks that Congress passed before they went on holiday, and the Speaker is on a late-night comedy program showing off how much ice cream she has stored in her freezer,” tweeted Mehdi Hasan, a columnist for the Intercept. The Trump campaign this week started running a brutal digital ad showing the pain of out-of-work people looking into their own near-empty refrigerators intercut with Pelosi’s comedy segment where she titters about how much ice cream she’s eating while under lockdown. The ad ends with the words, “Let them eat ice cream—Nancy Antoinette.” Stalling legislation to get more of what you want is part of normal Washington sausage-making. But during a pandemic with the economy cratering, two days can make or break companies, advocates warn. The National Federation of Independent Business released a survey on the small business loan program Monday, showing that 80% of small business applicants are still urgently waiting for financial assistance and many have no idea of where they are in the application process. “Every day that goes by without financial support for these small firms is hugely detrimental for those who have to adjust their workforce or operations to keep afloat,” Holly Wade, NFIB director of research and policy analysis, told RealClearPolitics. “It’s incredibly stressful, frustrating and scary.” The urgency certainly isn’t lost on Hickenlooper and other prominent Democratic candidates with business backgrounds, but most have tried to frame the debate as Washington politics delaying the funds, instead of Democrats wanting add-ons that could be pursued later. Astronaut-turned-small-business-owner Mark Kelly is one example. The husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords is challenging Arizona Sen. Martha McSally in a closely watched election battle. Kelly, a part owner of near-space tourism company World View, recently said he is acutely aware of how difficult it is to start a small business in the best of times, never mind trying to keep it running during a pandemic. “Washington needs to get out of its own way, immediately put more resources into this program, and fix some of the issues that have made it harder for Arizona small businesses to get this relief,” he said. “The Arizona small businesses I've spoken with aren't receiving the help they need and can’t wait any longer.” M.J. Hegar, an Air Force veteran and teacher who also has her own business consulting firm, casts her frustration over the delays in similar terms. Hegar is challenging Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. A spokeswoman for her campaign told RCP the Democratic candidate “has been clear that Washington needs to put politics aside and provide immediate relief for Texas small businesses.” She also faulted Cornyn for the $2.2 trillion relief package Congress passed in early April for failing to fund enough virus tests, which could, if conducted extensively enough, help state and local leaders in Texas assess how to best open the state’s economy. Less than 1% of Texans have been tested for COVID-19, the spokeswoman said. “Texas small business owners deserve both economic relief and peace of mind that, because of adequate testing, once they can reopen, they will stay open,” she added. Other Democrats with business backgrounds in tough races argue that it’s good policy to delay the funds to make sure they’re going to the small businesses that need them the most. Clearer guidelines are desperately needed, they say, after embarrassing examples of the loans being awarded to more than a dozen companies with annual revenues in the hundreds of millions, such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain and Shake Shack, which received $10 million but has since pledged to give it back. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, whose state of Michigan is getting hit hard by both the pandemic and the accompanying economic free fall, said Democrats have delayed the new funding to try to fix a problem with the first tranche already passed, namely that many small businesses were left waiting while bigger businesses, restaurant chains and some big hotel groups were given money instead. “We need to be focused on those businesses that are most damaged – folks that need the help the most,” he told MSNBC on Monday. “Help can’t wait much longer, but we want to do this right as well and to make sure there’s proper accountability,” added Peters, who has an MBA and spent his early career as a Merrill Lynch financial adviser before becoming an executive at PaineWebber. Peters, one of the most vulnerable senators this cycle, maintains only a four-point lead over challenger John James, according to a poll conducted in January, before the pandemic. Republicans say they were close to a deal late last week but Democratic leaders are still not appreciating the urgency of the situation. “Apparently, Senate Democrats decided over the weekend that providing financial relief to small business owners and their employees was not an urgent priority,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Jesse Hunt told RCP. Moe Vela, a former senior adviser to Joe Biden who now works for TransparentBusiness, a consulting firm, brushes off the notion that voters will blame Democrats for holding up the funds for two weeks. Vela, who sat on the White House emergency preparedness and continuity of government council during Barack Obama’s presidency, argued that Democrats are fighting to ensure that the money goes to those who truly need it, such as minority- and women-owned small businesses -- and voters are smart enough to see that. “Shake Shack got some, but Mrs. Gonzales’ tortilla factory didn’t?” he asked. A spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pressed similar points. “Democrats had to fight for more money for small businesses in the original relief package, and are now fighting to ensure this aid actually gets to small businesses, including those that work with community leaders, are in rural communities or are owned by veterans, people of color and women,” said DSCC spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua said in a statement. “They’re also fighting for more hospitals and coronavirus testing so we can safely reopen the economy – why aren’t Republicans?” But at least one prominent Republican, President Trump himself, has expressed concern over bigger businesses getting the loans while smaller ones struggling to find the money to stay afloat are having more trouble. “Some people will have to return it, if we think it’s inappropriate,” he pledged during Monday’s press conference. “If somebody got something that they think is inappropriate, we will get it back.” When it comes to more money for testing, Trump was less trusting of Democrats’ motives. Earlier Monday, he tweeted that Democrats are pushing for more testing as a way to shift responsibility onto the federal government for any problems involved in re-opening state and local economies. “States, not the federal government, should be doing the testing,” he said. “But we will work with the governors and get it done.” Source:

Debate Field Reflects Democrats’ Disdain for Business Success

Sep. 12, 2019

The 2020 Democrats again take the debate stage Thursday, filling millions of family rooms across America with their faces and voices. With the field of presidential contenders essentially cut in half, it will be a very different event than the previous two sessions. For the first time, all the front-runners will be on the stage the same evening. Pundits have already started to handicap the event and create the narratives that will invariably dominate the post-debate news coverage. The composition of the field tells us a great deal about what Democrats value. The number of candidates on the stage who have ever run a business has fallen from four to one. The field is dominated by the three A’s – academics, attorneys, and activists. The three White House aspirants with business experience who failed to make the cut -- John Hickenlooper, Michael Bennet, and John Delaney -- are too practical to make the big policy promises that capture the hearts of the liberal base of the Democratic Party. They comprehend the unintended consequences of these sweeping agendas and were unwilling to fully embrace them. They equivocated when it came to eliminating private health insurance, making college “free,” and imposing a new “wealth tax” on the richest Americans. Their reluctance to participate in this attack on the free market system rendered them irrelevant inside their own political party.   This isn’t surprising. There appears to be a fundamental disdain for successful business people among Democrats. In 2016, Michael Bloomberg was greeted with chants of “one-percenter” as he stood up to support Hillary Clinton at the party’s convention. Howard Schultz was accused by Democrats of being a billionaire egomaniac – despite providing tens of thousands of jobs to returning soldiers, and health care, tuition reimbursement, and stock options to hundreds of thousands of employees. Some of the attacks on Schultz were motivated by fears that he would run as an independent and possibly compromise Democrats’ 2020 chances of defeating President Trump. Yet Tom Steyer, who along with Bloomberg has been one of the most dedicated financial supporters of Democrats, received similar treatment when he decided to run as a Democrat. The ridicule with which his campaign has been met should send an unmistakable message: “We love your money, but not you.”  Some will argue that this isn’t news. Arnold Schwarzenegger often pointed out the Democrats’ institutional confusion by suggesting that “you can’t love jobs and hate the people who create them.” Once upon a time, the party of Franklin Roosevelt accepted this as a tenet of the faith. Over the last three decades, however, party elites have been steering their brethren in a different direction. Since Michael Dukakis’ disastrous 1988 campaign, Democrats have tried to argue that they support the private sector and economic growth. With this campaign they are amending that stance. The new credo is: “We support economic growth, provided it’s driven by government programs.” With all due respect to Bill Clinton, “the era of big government,” which never really went away, is back with a vengeance. This approach carries consequences both electorally and from a governance perspective. The Democrats are effectively working for President Trump by rejecting the private sector. He wants to position this race as a choice between socialism and capitalism; they are beating him to the punch. Instead of a referendum on Trumpism, the election could turn on the relative merits of two competing economic systems. While polls differ on the number of voters who prefer socialism, the average is less than a third of Americans. Those tend to be younger citizens who vote less frequently. From a governance perspective, it also likely means any new administration would be long on big government programs. If this is the direction our country takes, I hope Democrats take a moment to evaluate prior big government engineering. Yes, Medicare has helped take care of our most vulnerable citizens, but it’s also helped usher in four decades of runaway health care inflation. Medicare Part D has enabled many Americans to afford their prescription drugs, while simultaneously driving up the costs for millions of others. Likewise, the $150 billion we’ve spent every year trying to make higher education accessible to more Americans hasn’t led to affordability; rather, it’s led to inflation. Democrats would be wise to involve some of those business people they so easily cast aside -- the ones who understand how markets work. Otherwise, they may win the White House while designing a future filled with unintended consequences, further antagonizing an already alienated American electorate. Source:

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