DENVER — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday that he is launching a 2020 campaign for president.
He made the announcement in a video called “Standing Tall”, which follows Hickenlooper’s life from laid-off geologist, to owner of a brew pub, to mayor of Denver and to governor.
Hickenlooper implies in the video that President Trump is a “bully.”
“I’m running for president because we’re facing a crisis that threatens everything we stand for,” Hickenlooper said in the video showing images of Trump. “As a skinny kid with coke bottle glasses and a funny last name, I’ve stood up to my fair share of bullies.”
“I’m running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done,” he added. “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.”
Hickenlooper is the second governor in the 2020 race after Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced his run last week. There are now 14 democratic candidates in the race, including six senators.
Hickenlooper will appear on Good Morning America on Monday.
Having teased a 2020 run for months, Hickenlooper told CNN in January that he would “bet on” the fact that he was going to run for president.
“I’ve been known to play a little cards,” he said during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. “Given that there is still uncertainty in the future, I probably would take the bet that I would run for president.”
Earlier this year, Hickenlooper’s political action committee, Giddy Up PAC, also hired senior communications adviser Marie Logsden, finance director Dan Sorenson and foreign policy adviser Jeremy Rosner to a committee including Brad Komar, Hickenlooper’s 2014 campaign manager.