Hickenlooper kicks off campaign with fiery ode to pragmatism

Hickenlooper kicks off campaign with fiery ode to pragmatism

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered a fiery defense of his pragmatic approach to politics Thursday night as he held the first rally of his presidential campaign in the state that nurtured his unlikely career in public office.

“Being a pragmatist doesn’t mean saying no to bold ideas,” Hickenlooper, 67, told a crowd of more than a thousand people at a downtown Denver park. “It means knowing how to make them happen.”

Hickenlooper, who announced his presidential bid Monday via video, hopes to stand out in a crowded Democratic presidential field of national figures making big, liberal proposals for “Medicare for all,” universal child care and high taxes on the wealthy.

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