John Hickenlooper on climate, the Senate and education

By Blaise Mesa and Alexandra Yetter

Steven Nunez

The Chronicle sat down with Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to discuss his plan for battling the climate crisis, why he chose not to run for the U.S. Senate and what his favorite memory is from college.

Despite being one of the highest polling governors in the nation as he exited the office in Colorado, Hickenlooper is polling in the 0–1% range amid a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders.

Hickenlooper’s staff have reportedly urged him to run for a seat on the Senate instead, but when asked why he has not decided to pursue a congressional race instead, Hickenlooper told The Chronicle he feels like he’s “cut out” to be in an executive position.

“[In Colorado], we did all the hard stuff that Washington hasn’t been able to get done,” he said. “I look around [at] everyone running for president, and I think they all almost are more traditional politicians than I am. I feel like I’m the only one who’s actually done what everyone else is talking about.”