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 TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D-Mass.).

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