1. Former Colorado Governor JohN Hickenlooper with binoculars, looking into migrant detention facility
2. SOUNDBITE (English) John Hickenlooper, (D) Presidential Candidate:
"Let's make sure we get these kids back into homes where they really are home and not essentially. Well there's no other way forward for it, essentially prison facilities."
Miami, Florida - 27/28 June 2019
3. John Hickenlooper walks into room, reporter asks how debate went
UPSOUND John Hickenlooper: "Oh, I thought it was great."
(Reporter: "Any surprises out there?")
Hickenlooper: "No real surprises. It's intense, it's fast."
Miami, Florida - 21 June 2019
4. Hickenlooper walking on to the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. John Hickenlooper, Democratic presidential candidate:
"We should be talking to Japan which is obviously very involved in this incident and see what their counsel is. I haven't seen any indication that Japan is asking for us to make a military intervention, so why would we needlessly escalate a situation which could lead to a much greater conflict."
John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him.
The two-term former Colorado governor, who ran as a moderate warning of the perils of extreme partisanship, struggled with fundraising and low polling numbers. His planned departure from the 2020 race was confirmed Wednesday night by a Democrat who wasn't authorized to speak publicly before the announcement and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Hickenlooper, 67, is not expected to announce a decision Thursday on whether he will run for Senate in Colorado, though he has been discussing the possibility with advisers. Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, up for reelection in 2020, is considered one of the most vulnerable senators in the country because of Colorado's shift to the left.
Positioning himself as a common-sense candidate who couldn't be labeled a socialist by Republicans, Hickenlooper couldn't make his voice heard in the crowded Democratic presidential field, which includes nearly two dozen candidates.