tv Road to the White House 2020 Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in... CSPAN March 4, 2019 11:35am-12:34pm EST
plexus was 15 years ago. it was so much better. the customer comes first. just you as the manager. you, sir, for the event, you do that happily and get it taken care of. million into a restaurant. [laughter] [indiscernible] >> i have seen you on both coasts. [indiscernible] i know, i know. i had a feeling.
>> nieces and nephews [indiscernible] >> nieces, nephews, they love it, they love what you've done. [indiscernible] >> wonderful to have you here. wish you well. i know my own inclination as well. [indiscernible] >> we're excited. i guess this was before the battle of trenton? something like that. >> we are going to make it.
>> it was the pouring rain and he was waiting [indiscernible] and it looked like the war was going to be over. >> back in the 80's in new mypshire, i can remember that the kidso me had never been to a victory party. now look at what happened in new hampshire. it was so nice to meet you. [indiscernible] >> i had a family member the had a house up there. he was the youngest of 12.
>> we try not to talk about that. >> i think we're going to do this thing now. [applause] and i'm every responsibility is to -- to promote clap first for employers. [applause] that was good. [laughter] gary and maggot, thank you so much for this. meg, thank- gary and you so much for this. this is clearly a jammed the
room. i very much appreciate that. politics doesn't happen without people willing to put in the time to make sure that everyone gets informed, invited, and that gives thee opportunity to let everyone here. i'm going to give a pretty concise last word. just a quick summary of how i got into this and why i'm doing this. then i will open for questions. i'm going to spend 10 or 12 minutes just talking and hopefully 15 answering questions and then we will let you guys go back to making mischief in new hampshire. i'm from outside philadelphia. my mother was widowed twice before she was 40. her has -- husband died in world war ii. met my dad, he got cancer, passing away right after i turned eight. my mom was one of those people who said you cannot control what life throws at you, but you can
control how you respond, whether it makes you stronger or weaker, better or worse. that kind of always stayed with me. a kid has to raise iemselves to a certain point, wasn't that good at it. i had a rather checkered high school career. i was not a good student. i was always behind and i was lazy, too. i fell in love with geology in college and got a masters. i was attracted by the sense of freedom and independence that the west is known for. but when i was out there, what was so profound was the history of what really made the west and it was collaboration, the ability of people, what allowed the west to be settled was the wagon train where everyone could come together and had a role.
when you think about it, the trappers, the frontiersman, the gunfights on main street, evidently there were always six you could find, could certify, six shootouts in the history of the wild west. yet there were tens of thousands of barnraising square neighbors came together and help each other make the investment that allowed them to succeed in what was in many ways inhospitable territory. gold, silver, oil, it all collapsed. everyone was laid off and i was out of work for a couple of years. i can tell you, you see that for people with many of the who voted for president trump. after six months unemployed you see a different person in the mirror and you begin to distrust some of the things you had always taken for granted. like a lot of americans it took
money, gettingng people to invest in this thing had never seen. my own mother wouldn't invest. very frugal. was she never purchased addressed, never bought her own clothes. she washed tinfoil. taped it to the refrigerator door. >> shouldn't everybody? [laughter] >> our rent was one dollar per square foot per year and it was pretty abandoned. there were half of a dozen other restaurants. i went to them and i said -- we are all struggling. if we work together, maybe we can help each other and be a rising tide and within six months we were advertising
together in the denver post with a map and each location said come down to each district. we purchased pint glasses together and we started something called the brewers factory the next summer. over time, that collaborative effort really succeeded and i ended up opening brewpub in this historic tilting with a different name all over the midwest. taking the abandoned parts of downtown and that sense of creating community in a powerful way. fast forward to 2003, long story, but i was the guy in the restaurant who always said -- my customers would go after every elected official. bomb, that city councilman is a bum. i said this is america, they are asked -- they are us. we should run for government. for office. i have never run for anything in my life.
i don't want to insult the people that were probably class president, but the bottom line is that i have the sense that the government wasn't working for the people and i wanted to bring a kind of small business perspective to it and work together. denver is a pretty big city. elected we agreed we would all work together and share water rights, build transit caps off problems together. we had a lot of success. that what youme are in the suburbs, that's a you get elected. the people in denver are the ones who vote. of the vote% running against talented lifetime politicians and on the election i got 87% of the vote. we took that into the governor's race. to run to begoing the governor of the entire state and we would be the first state to bring along the rural areas. 40th in job creation. i said we are going to reach out
that everyone stays connected. from the many comes one. just because no one in the city has ever used that approach, and -- it turned to out. i don't see anyone out there who has a record of examples with a broad people together, and achieve progressive goals. industrye oil and gas to sit down with a monumental industry -- sit down with the environmental industry, and trust me, they hate each other. we have14 months, but comprehensive methane
regulations. it is one of the most harmful climate pollutants you can have in we got the oil and gas industry to pay millions of dollars to inspect everything, it was there -- equivalent of taking 20,000 cars off the road a year in colorado. [applause] mr. hickenlooper: it is possibly u.s. whereate in the every single town will have broadband. if you want everyone to share in the future economy, you have to make a commitment that everyone deserves what is now the most basic form of communication, which is broadband.
things i haveny said is there were a bunch of republican farmers, who were very skeptical. sideways, but some supporting me because they thought it was so interesting that such a thing could happen. and now they are the ones who say to me, you got to run. i woke up in the middle of the , and you willwife get a chance to meet her, and she is a super smart business executive for a company called liberty media. anyway, i woke up in the middle of the night, she was awake. thank goodness because i would have woken her up and that would have been a mistake. [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: i told her,
beating donald trump is absolutely essential. right? [applause] mr. hickenlooper: but it is not sufficient. you cannot talk with your neighbor over the hedge over a political issue. you have to get back to the point that in that process of discussion, and the one thing i learned in the restaurant business is how to listen. if someone is angry, you repeat their words, and it helps them feel validated. once you feel heard, people loosen up a little bit, and when you listen hard enough, you begin to trust someone, and once you trust someone, you can begin to get something done. there are too many major issues facing this country and this planet, not just climate change. climate change may be on the top
of the list, but health care, i out how to getd the universal coverage. we have to figure out how to control inflation. health care every year was blowing up for everyone. these are major issues, and we are fighting over some stupid wall. i am not saying we need to falter over border security issues, but we have bigger issues we need to address. when i was running for mayor and i had these young volunteers who were eager and excited, for the first seven weeks, nothing happened. they got a little cranky. [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: i found this article" the denver post -- i found this article in "the about thet," talking worst of times and the best of
times. me, what is the opposite of despair? someone said, joy. they said exactly. said, what is the opposite of woe? and a girl in the back said -- [indiscernible] [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: the bottom in everyhat almost ise, the opposite of woe giddyup. [laughter] [applause] mr. hickenlooper: any questions? no questions? [indiscernible] given where we are today in , put out the vitriol
on a daily basis, where did you start to reverse that? symbioticbout relationships and being pragmatic, and that is true, but where do you start to change this? you caught my daughter's eyes and ears, but where do you start? mr. hickenlooper: i mean, you start at your first step. part of human nature is we all feel safer when we are with our own family, our own unity. -- our own community. happensthing special when you're able to collaborate with people who are somewhat different from us or from the town over. you were talking about this this afternoon, when people first
settled in the west, each ranch, each farm was independent. but they had to be able to work with their neighbors for safety and security, and when they got their crops, they had to figure out how to get them to market. if pure capital denied them fair value for their crops, they would come together and collaborate to get a common good. part of what i'm trying to talk about hopefully over the next two years, or i guess i should say 19.5 months, part of that is this notion that we are stronger together when we are united. it sounds like a cliche when you talk about it. there is no magic to it. it has to be the fact that people are hearing what i say,
and think about how it fits with their own extension -- with their own experience, and say huh? when i opened my restaurant, i advertisinghe back, my competitors. dog eataid, this is a dog business and you cannot market our opponents. opponents, maybe our is the tv set, and our job is to get people outside with their family and friends. that is the pitch i made to the restaurant owners, and they bought it. and it worked. when i worked with the suburban predecessor was a great mayor, but he hated the
mayor of aurora and they cannot be in the same room together. and thed him one time, issues were mainly personality. he was a great mayor, the mayor of aurora. and he said -- [indiscernible] you economic development people steel our jobs. imagine if i was the mayor of denver, and we had a joint press conference, and we were doing a big development on the border, all ofade sure you got your information in the newspaper, would that make a difference? he looked at me and said, it might. [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: and i think that is true, right? often, it is historic. suburb in the city of denver have hated -- the suburbs and the city of denver have hated
each other for years. government has to re-learn how to serve people, right? that is one thing you learn in the restaurant business. lesson a very powerful in what government should be doing, israel-learning how to make sure -- what government should be doing is re-learning how to make sure we are doing that. [indiscernible] mr. hickenlooper: i have not seen a new deal in detail. i think i am the first geologists in the history of america to be elected as governor. i have a master's in developmental science. the time for incremental improvement has passed. we have to move rapidly, and boldly, with a sense of urgency.
aspects andt initiatives that are collected in the new green deal are powerful and useful. the key is to sit down and look at which goes first, and which might go later because it will be a question of priorities. -- we going to figure out are going to have to figure out, in real time, how we are going to address the most serious climate pollutants. and while we are talking about that, we have to figure out how to collaborate globally. i'm not talking just between china and the united states, and i don't think it is a good idea to let china continues to take our intellectual property.
buteed to deal with that, we're also not going to do a climate change by ourselves, are we? we have to stand arm and arm and elbow to elbow with all of the large countries on the globe to make sure we're all doing it together. sure weave to make understand the priorities here in real-time, and get everyone working together in every continent on this planet. >> it is very compelling a you managed to unite the government in colorado. [indiscernible] mr. hickenlooper: so, your question was, it is one thing to talk to republican mayors and democratic mayors in suburban denver, and i can tell you, ,hose are some hardened souls
and how do you address the people who voted for trump? you know, lincoln's thing where he said, he walked away from a meeting and said, i don't like that guy. i need to get to know him better. i think there is something to be said -- i think about when i was out of work for a long time. back in the 80's -- back in the a lot of it990's, was automation, and a lot of jobs were eliminated. the key was the government did nothing. 7, 1986.d off july that is the day i opened the wine and beer brewing company. i can tell you, i went to get -- i don't blame him, and the unemployment office provided a
service that was a two-hour wasnar, and keep in mind, i one of 20,000 geologists who lost their job in seven years, and no one was hiring. it was like a vacuum in the profession. you don't find geologists 58 to 68. they all got pushed out. this seminar was going to teach me how to put my resume together, and how to ride up a letter of application -- and how to write a letter of application to try to get another job as a geologist, which were none. thing toat same billions of people in the 1980's felt no oneand they cared, and that the people in the cities turned their backs on them. this could happen again. is goingl intelligence
to have a seeing big job dislocation. with technology where it is, we can figure out what professions are going to begin to disappear, and start training people with the skills they need to do three years before they lose their jobs. we got a huge grant from microsoft a year and a half ago. it will address these issues in real-time. we will have a lot of new jobs. -- we will need different skills. you don't have to be a master engineer to manage a robot. regular people with a little skill could do this. our challenge is to get community college -- and everyone says free college, free college -- but the business community is dying to invest in community colleges.
in a year or two, we could make community colleges free and focused on what people need in business. >> speaking of agriculture, are you going to discuss marijuana policy? [laughter] [indiscernible] mr. hickenlooper: i opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana. i thought there could be a spike in teenage consumption, and i , when youy concerned are a teenager and your brain is rapidly growing, the high thc in marijuana has a very, very high probability, even with intermittent usage commit has a high probability of taking a sliver of your long-term memory. i have a 10-year-old son. iqr long-term memory is your
and is how we measure intelligence. so, i thought there would be a spike, a spike in driving while high. de-criminalized it and created a whole regulatory system. all the things we most fear have not happened. there is still a black market kinds of, and all things we are still working on, but you got to step back and look at the old system, right? what he was before -- what it was before? he said millions -- we sent millions of kids to prison. make the rest of their lives
almoston a manageable -- unimaginable. the beer actled and made beer and wine legal, we pushed responsibility onto the state. when i go from denver to oklahoma, you don't find any liquor. states are the laboratory of democracy. and we are in the laboratory with marijuana. carolina -- colorado could never go back to the old way. i tell people all the time, you should never do it for the tax revenue. but we are ready have pieces of drug addiction. problem,serious opioid but we had been able to fight
back in the opioid addiction is coming down a little bit. marijuana affects revenue. to $100ushing close billion we have spent to address the consequences of marijuana addiction. one thing i would put out his make sure you identify before you legalize it, how you are going to use the money so it won't the a food fight -- so it won't be a food fight. in colorado, we have to make sure that the money stays and focuses on the consequences of drug addiction. yeah? be -- this may not is a health care question.
let's say we cannot do medicare for all tomorrow, what are three things you would do first given the political reality in d.c. to address price in health care? -- iickenlooper: i would am a huge believer in community health centers. a friend of mine started a community health center in 1972. guy togot me and another take are saved money and buy of building to renovate and expand his community health center, which has 220 locations in connecticut. they are the most cost-effective way to make sure we can get to a point where everyone has a medical home. justher words, we are about 95% covered in colorado, but how do we get that 5%? one way if you don't have any
money, is free, but a place where everyone can have a medical home. overall cost, transparency. they will give you a million reasons, but hospitals and clinics should all be able to say, this is what will -- this is what it will cost to take your stitches out. we should be able to see what plus qualityor a b or a minus. have too in colorado many variations. 130,000 sku's. they let you know what everything costs, right? [applause] [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: i'm just saying.
and you should look at medicare advantage if you really want to see -- medicare isn't the best way to control costs. medicare advantage is dramatically cheaper and it allows you to do things like tele-medicine. our health care system is a business. and businesses reward where they get paid. if you keep someone from getting diabetes, you don't get paid for that. you get paid where there is a crisis, like going to the hospital. medicare advantage has all kinds of ways where you can do tele-medicine. it is a rate were doctors decompensated on keeping people well. last, quick question. this is the last question. i know, i know, i know. you cannot deny the youth to ask a question.
[laughter] -- is the best way for, balancing a social and environmental problem. we have done a lot to address economical problems, and you talked about -- what would be your solution to the biggest problems, which are climate change, jail reform and -- reform? [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: why don't we pick one? [laughter] mr. hickenlooper: we did government reform. statistics one universal background checks, we finally got the actual statistics for colorado. people --o, 5 million there were 30 people who tried to buy a gun and was convicted of a homicide, and we stopped them.
1300 people convicted of felony assault, they tried to buy guns. when you take care of your local , i think that is so compelling. in terms of climate change, once you get the momentum, a lot of other gun safety things will pass. with climate change, we have to re-think how we build things and use our resources. we got the volkswagen settlement for the diesel corruption. we took a huge chunk of it and used the money to finance rapid recharging electrical stations for electric cars, and get them onto our state. and then what we did, which was really smart, i called up my matt, matt, and i said,
montana will use their money for electronic old -- electronic battery recharging stations. so, we got six republican network ofo create a recharging stations. muscle to get into that of doing things together. thank you. [applause] >> i am giving john a little bit of an out as he makes his way that way. he has another event in concord. i told you he was a very nice guy, but we do need to let the governor head out. lisa and eric, thank you again. and thank you all for coming.
thank you, governor. have a great trip. we will see you around. [indiscernible] >> thank you very much. >> former colorado governor john hickenlooper announced he is running for president. he visited early voting states, considering whether or not to run, including visiting with voters at a house party in manchester, new hampshire. >> no