Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate
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Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist 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. 

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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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.).

Updated 6:08 p.m.