Obama attorney general Eric Holder rules out a 2020 presidential bid as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper jumps in the race. That brings the Democratic presidential field to 14 candidates.
“The party should never lose sight of our primary objective: making sure a Democratic president is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021. I will do my part to help make that possible, while leading an effort to ensure fairness in our democracy,” Holder pledged in a Washington Post op-ed.
John Hickenlooper, who served two terms as Colorado governor, touted his record as a businessman and presiding “over steady economic growth” of his state. Bill and Hillary Clinton are reportedly advising him behind the scenes.
“As governor, Hickenlooper presided over steady economic growth, the legalization of marijuana — which he initially opposed — and a surge that put Democrats in full control of a once-conservative state,” the Washington Post reports. He will officially kick off his campaign on March 7 at Civic Center Park in Denver.
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