JOHN HICKENLOOPER US SENATE CAMPAIGN - MANDATORY CREDIT JOHN HICKENLOOPER US SENATE CAMPAIGN
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) John Hickenlooper, Candidate for U.S. Senate:
"When they play games in Washington D.C. Coloradans take the hit. Trying to knock out protections for pre-existing conditions could be devastating for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. Playing games while prescription drug prices soar. That's costing people worse than they can afford. I don't think Cory Gardner understands that the games he's playing with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. Are hurting the people of Colorado. We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense. We've got to help families who are crushed by prescription drug costs and everybody had a shot at building a better future. I know we can do that. Look. I'm a straight shooter. I've always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done. But this is no time to walk away from the table. I know changing Washington is hard but I want to give it a shot. I'm not done fighting for the people of Colorado. I'm John Hickenlooper candidate for the United States Senate. I approve this message."
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.
He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted Washington lawmakers over soaring prescription drug prices, the failure to act on climate change and the use of public lands by developers.
"I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot," he says. "I'm not done fighting for the people of Colorado."
Hickenlooper last year brushed off entreaties from Washington Democrats to challenge Gardner, widely seen as the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. Instead he mounted a longshot presidential campaign that collapsed before it ended in mid-August. Many Colorado Democratic and Republican strategists began to view a Hickenlooper entry into the Senate race as inevitable at that point.