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Hickenlooper Downplays 2016 Speculation

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December 14, 2012

John Hickenlooper's name pops up on lists of potential 2016 Democratic candidates -- but the Colorado governor said in an interview that he thinks he's too moderate to survive a Democratic primary.

He also called making a bid "essentially...impossible" due to his busy agenda in Colorado. The Associated Press:

One of the nation's most popular governors, Hickenlooper also tried to put to rest talk about a potential presidential run in 2016. Hickenlooper said he and his Cabinet decided a couple of weeks ago that they wanted to focus on improving health care and education in the state in the next three years. "What I'm saying is, we're not going to spend any time on it, which essentially makes it impossible," he said. Hickenlooper also said he believes he's too moderate to survive a Democratic primary. "I mean if you really think about it, realistically, I am so moderate I would be difficult candidate to imagine succeeding anywhere," he said.

Hickenlooper is one of the few possible candidate names bandied about from western states, along with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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