Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate
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Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperFundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE (D), who is running for the White House in 2020, does not appear to be offended by security not recognizing him as a presidential candidate ahead of the Wednesday night debate in Miami. 


Hickenlooper was asked if he was picking up his press credentials when he showed up Wednesday afternoon, according to NPR reporter Scott Detrow. 

"I'm a candidate," Hickenlooper responded.

About an hour later, the former governor laughed about the situation with reporters. 

He told ABC's Rick Klein, "Story of my life."

"I'm just a humble brewer," Hickenlooper said.

The long-shot candidate leaned into his status as a relative unknown, referencing President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE, the "famous candidate," who won in 2016.

"Last time, we elected the most famous candidate. Let's try something new," Hickenlooper quipped.

Hickenlooper's campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. 

Hickenlooper is one of 24 candidates seeking the party nomination. Twenty candidates will participate in the first round of debates Wednesday and Thursday in Florida.

Hickenlooper, who has been polling in the low single digits, will appear on stage Thursday, along with some of the top candidates in the field including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.).

Updated 6:08 p.m.