After being repeatedly asked whether he identified as a capitalist, former Colorado governor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper demurred and said Democrats are a “big tent” party.
“Once you get back into these labels — am I a capitalist? Am I a socialist? How much of a capitalist am I versus how much of a socialist? — that becomes kind of silly, doesn’t it?” Hickenlooper said on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
Pressed again if he was uncomfortable answering the question, the former mayor of Denver pledged to be a capitalist but stressed he believed labels divide both the country and his party.
“I’m happy to say I’m a capitalist, but I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us,” he added.
Hickenlooper threw his hat into the 2020 ring last week,for the Democratic nomination and attracting in campaign donations within 48 hours.
With mostambitious progressive proposals like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have accused the Democratic Party of embracing fringe platforms and .
Even former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is mulling an independent bid for the White House,again in 2020 if they nominate a “far-left” candidate.
A recent progressive proposal derided by Schultz and Republicans as too extreme is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up large technology companies, whichis designed to create a “level playing field” in the industry.
Although he noted he did not want to make a “blanket statement” about all tech giants, Hickenlooper said he supports policies that increase competitiveness in industries and spur growth among small businesses.
“We have to make sure that we have a competitive system whereby little guys feel they’ve got an honest, decent chance to succeed,” he said.
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