Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

John Hickenlooper

I'm a small business owner who brought that same scrappy spirit to make Colorado one of the most progressive states in America. We've expanded reproductive health to reduce teenage abortion by 64%. We were the first state to legalize marijuana and we transformed our justice system in the process. Passed universal background checks in a purple state. We got to near universal healthcare coverage. We attacked climate change with the toughest methane regulations in the country. And for the last 3 years we've been the number one economy in America. You don't need big government to do big things. I know that because I'm the one person up here whose actually done the big progressive things everyone else is talking about. If we turn toward socialism, we run the risk of helping to re-elect the worst president in American history.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #2 (June 27, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

We made Colorado the number one economy in the nation three years in a row.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Crime

Ten years before Ferguson, we required all Denver police officers to go through crisis de-escalation training. We established the office of police monitoring ot make sure that any allegations of police misconduct would be investigated without the protection of the mayor's office... We did this because Americans have a basic right to feel safe and unafraid in their communities.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Health Care

In Colorado, we expanded access to reproductive health to every woman in the state. We expanded the number of clinics. We reduced teenage pregnancy by 54% and teenage abortions by 64%. The program saved the people of Colorado about $70 million over 5 years. As president I would use my influence to eliminate spreading false information about abortion, relying on science instead to rely on facts. If I am president, you will see a magnificent expansion of Title X funds to make sure that all women get access to their full reproductive rights.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Education

When I am president, we will make college more affordable, and we will stop ignoring the 2/3 of Americans who don't have a 4-year degree. We will have the greatest expansion of apprenticeship and skills training in the nation's history.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Drug Policy

We [Colorado] became the first state to legalize Marijuana and transform our criminal justice system at the same time. We closed two prisons.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Environment

When I am president we will tackle climate change head on, not with a federal jobs guarantee, but with a laser-like focus.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Politics

We didn't get any of those big progressive goals done by using ideological litmus tests. We did it by bringing people together. Our party needs a nominee who will beat Trump and heal this crisis of division. We need a dreamer and a doer. We need a progressive and a pragmatist.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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