Feb 25, 2018

2020 watch: Govs. Hickenlooper and Kasich

Mike Allen, author of AM

Hickenlooper at an Axios event. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) — who has a countdown clock on his iPhone showing how many days he has left in office — left little mystery about his plans when asked about running for president:

  • "We've got 321 days of focus — not to say that my wife and I don't occasionally have discussions, but we're focused on getting things done."
  • On what his wife, Robin Pringle, thinks of his running for president: "She thinks it's hilarious. [Laughter] But ... she also thinks it's interesting. So, we'll see what those discussions — where they go."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) — who ate dinner with Hickenlooper on Thursday night, as part of a buddy act that has included a health-care policy rollout — told ABC's Jonathan Karl on "This Week":

  • “We may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system."
  • "I'm starting to really wonder if we are going to see a multi-party system at some point in the future in this country. Because I don't think either party is answering people's deepest concerns and needs.”

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Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").

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What's happening: Protestors in D.C. broke one police barricade outside the White House on Sunday evening after reportedly demonstrating for several hours. The atmosphere was still largely peaceful as of 6pm ET.

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Behind the scenes: The biggest source of internal concern was Trump's escalatory tweet, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Some advisers said it could damage him severely with independent voters and suburban women.