'Read the Room': Hickenlooper Booed at California Democratic Convention for Decrying Socialism, Calling for Pragmatism
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper misread the room at the California Democratic Convention Saturday when he tried to convince the conference that moving to the left is the wrong electoral strategy for 2020.
Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, told the crowd at San Francisco’s Moscone Center that looking to socialism for an answer to the problems the U.S. faces in 2019 is an error that could cost the party its chance at the White House next year.
“If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals,” said Hickenlooper, “socialism is not the answer.”
Loud, sustained booing followed the comment, prompting Hickenlooper to tell the crowd they could re-elect President Donald Trump if they weren’t “careful.”
The crowd quieted until Hickenlooper began talking about “pragmatism” as the path forward, telling the crowd that big ideas for solving the country’s most pressing issues simply aren’t feasible.
“We shouldn’t try to achieve universal coverage by removing private insurance from over 150 million Americans,” said Hickenlooper, as the crowd grew louder. “We should not try to tackle climate change by guaranteeing every American a government job.”
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