Hickenlooper shares story of watching 'Deep Throat' with his mother

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said during a CNN town hall Wednesday evening that he once watched an X-rated film with his mother.

During a conversation with CNN's Dana Bash, Hickenlooper stressed that he did not know the contents of "Deep Throat" before he watched it with his mother and a friend.

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The situation arose, Hickenlooper said, after he arrived home from his first semester at college to find his single mother expecting him for dinner.

"She didn't want to be left alone in the house again," the former governor continued. "So I took my mother to see 'Deep Throat.'"

The audience reacted to Hickenlooper's comment with laughs and groans, as he continued.

"I'm sure she was mortified. I said repeatedly, 'I think we should leave, I think she would go,' " he added.

Hickenlooper also shared an observation his mother made on the car ride home.

"And she goes, 'Well, I thought the lighting was very good in the movie.' And I thought I saw a little grin in that green light [of the dashboard]," Hickenlooper added.

The former governor launched his 2020 campaign earlier this month, targeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE's economic policies in rural states in his announcement message.

“We’re seeing all kinds of evidence that the Trump presidency isn’t succeeding. It’s not taking America where it needs to go. It certainly isn’t fulfilling his promises to the rural parts of America," he said on CNN earlier this month.

Hickenlooper joined a crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary, which also includes Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCandidates on Biden's VP list were asked what they thought Trump would nickname them as part of process: report Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Election security advocates see strong ally in Harris MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' MORE (D-Mass.).

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