Former Colorado Governor, John Hinkenlooper, has entered the race.
John Hickenlooper has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Axios says, “Hickenlooper, who is marketing
himself as a pragmatic and productive moderate, is a candidate with little
national name recognition attempting to break through the noise with a unique
pitch in a crowded Democratic race. He filed
documents Monday morning with the FEC and is expected to formally announce
his candidacy at a Thursday event, as first reported by the
Press adds that he is “casting
himself as a can-do uniter who’s used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing
liberal goals in a politically divided state.”
AP also says, “He becomes the second
governor to enter the sprawling field, after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
announced last week, and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also
take on President Donald Trump. Though as governor Hickenlooper prided himself
for staying above partisan fights, he has argued his record as a former
governor and big-city mayor distinguishes him from a broad field of Democratic
presidential aspirants who are backing ambitious liberal plans on health care, taxes
and the climate.”
Who All Is Running?
Cory Booker – Current US Senator
from New Jersey (since 2013)
Buttigieg – Current Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (since 2012)
Castro – Former HUD Secretary under President Obama (2014-2017)
Delaney – Former Congressman from Maryland (2013-2017)
Tulsi Gabbard – Current Congresswoman
from Hawaii (since 2013)
Kirsten Gillibrand – Current US
Senator from New York (since 2009)
Kamala Harris – Current US
Senator from California, (since 2017) Former AG of California (2011-2017)
John Hickenlooper – Former Governor of Colorado (2011-2019)
Jay Inslee – Current Governor of
Washington (since 2013) Former Congressman (1993-2012)
Amy Klobuchar – Current US Senator from Minnesota (since 2007)
Sanders – Current US Senator from Vermont (since 2007) Former Congressman
Warren – Current US Senator from Massachusetts (since 2013)
There is an assortment of yet to be declared candidates like Joe Biden, Beto O’Rouke, and several US senators. Obviously, this is the first time since 2008 where the democratic party does not have an heir apparent. When Bush was term limited, the Republican party had no one to turn to. It spent, 2008, 2012, and 2016 looking for someone to lead the party. The democrats had Obama from 2008 to 2016 and it was always assumed that it was Hillary Clinton’s turn. When that didn’t pan out, the democrats are now where the republicans had been for eight years. It is culminating in a huge field. Let’s compare it to the 2016 GOP primary.
Who ran for the GOP
Donald Trump – Businessman from New York
Kasich – Then current Governor of Ohio (2011-2019) Former Congressman
Cruz – US Senator from Texas (since 2013) Former Solicitor General of Texas
Rubio – US Senator from Florida (since 2011)
Ben Carson – Neurosurgeon
Jeb Bush – Former Governor of Florida (1999-2007)
Jim Gilmore – Former Governor of Virginia (1998-2002) Former
AG of Virginia (1994-1997)
– Then current governor of New Jersey (2010-2018) Former US Attorney
Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of HP (1999-2005)
Rick Santorum – Former Senator from Pennsylvania
(1995-2007) Former Congressman (1991-1995)
Paul – US Senator from Kentucky (since 2011)
Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)
George Pataki – Former Governor of New York (1995-2006)
Graham – US Senator from South Carolina (since 2003)
Jindal – Then current governor of Louisiana (2008-2016)
Walker – Then current governor of Wisconsin (2011-2019)
Perry – Former Governor of Texas (2000-2015)
When we compare the two lists, we see that the democratic
field appears stronger and more current than the 2016 field for the GOP. With the exception of John Delaney, Pete
Buttigieg, and Julian Castro, the democratic field has been in politics longer
and has remained relevant. The GOP in
2016 had individuals whose only claim to fame was holding elected office nearly
a decade prior.
In terms of relevance and significance (and my arbitrary parameters)
only 56% of the 2016 GOP field had current experience in government. Meanwhile, 75% of the democrats running have
relevant current significant government experience. The addition of Biden and a few other senators
of governor would bump that number up.
Though the addition of novelty candidates or individuals like O’Rourke
(who possess similar experience to that of Gabbard, though unlike Gabbard, is
no longer in office) would certainly bring that percentage down.
While briefly talking with one my political science professors, we discussed how the 2016 election shot all expectations to heck. We used to assume, as Ann Coulter has pointed out, that strong candidates for president must be a current of former governor or current senator, though a governor is preferable to a senator. We were supposed to laugh at congressmen and businessmen and the other types of novelty candidates. Yet 2016 presented the US with a scenario where a crude businessman took up the issues that no one else would touch. The American people were sick of immigration double talkers like Marco Rubio, who run for office opposing amnesty and get to Washington only to pursue that policy in conjunction with democrats. Say what you want about Trump now, but in 2016, a non-politician was a rational option given the history of political betrayal.
In Hillary Clinton, we had “the most qualified politician to ever run for president.” The democrats have exceptionally qualified individuals in their field at this moment. After Hillary, does it mean anything anymore?