Hickenlooper questions why female 2020 Dems aren't being asked if they'd pick a man as vice president

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, questioned on Wednesday why the women running against him for the party's nomination weren't being asked if they would choose a man as their running mate.

Asked by CNN host Dana Bash at a presidential town hall if he would choose a woman to run alongside him as his vice president, Hickenlooper responded "Of course."

“Governor, some of your male competitors have vowed to put a woman on the ticket. Yes or no, would you do the same?” Bash asked during the network's presidential town hall.

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"Of course,” Hickenlooper responded, before saying he wanted to ask Bash a question.

“How come we’re not asking more often the women, would you be willing to put a man on the ticket?” Hickenlooper said, drawing audible groans from the audience in Atlanta.

Hickenlooper’s remarks quickly drew criticism from social media users. Lauren Hitt, a spokesperson for Hickenlooper, tweeted shortly after his remarks that the candidate was "Making the point that the media too often discounts the chances of women winning the nomination themselves."

Bash's question followed after other male presidential candidates, notably Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use MORE (D-N.J.), saying they would choose or consider choosing a woman to round out their presidential ticket.

“No matter what, I’m looking you in the eye and saying this: There will be a woman on the ticket. I don’t know if it’s in the vice president’s position or in the president’s position,” Booker said Friday.