Hickenlooper calls 'Medicare for All', Green New Deal 'massive government expansions'

Hickenlooper calls 'Medicare for All', Green New Deal 'massive government expansions'
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Democratic presidential hopeful John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperKrystal Ball dismisses Rahm Emanuel's 'Medicare for All' criticism as a 'corporatist mantra' Trump says remark about Colorado border wall was made 'kiddingly' Colorado governor mocks Trump for saying he's building wall there MORE called "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal "massive government expansions" in a new interview.

“Well, I think they're massive government expansions,” the former Colorado governor told The Washington Post on Sunday, referring to the two proposals, which many of his fellow 2020 candidates have embraced. 

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“Those are the kinds of things that Republicans will try to turn into ‘socialism.’ They're going to call it ‘socialism,’ and they're going to say this is taking away the freedom and independence of the individual," he added. "They're going to try and twist it in every way they can because that's about the only card they're left holding as long as they're still supporting Trump.” 

Hickenlooper's comments came after he was booed at the California Democratic Party convention for warning about embracing socialism.

"If we want to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer," he told the delegates gathered in San Francisco, one of the most liberal cities in the country, on Saturday. 

Hickenlooper later told the Post he was expecting the negative reaction.

"There's certainly a liberal element that shows up at these state conventions, so I wasn't surprised. I was aware that there might be some pushback,” he said.

Hickenlooper also criticized Medicare for All and the Green New Deal as not being the best approaches to health care and environment.

“Most Democrats share this notion of universal coverage. Most Democrats really understand the urgency of climate change," he told the Post. "But I think we'll get to better solutions faster by recognizing that big, massive government expansions are not going to be as successful.” 

Hickenlooper, a former governor of a purple state Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' The Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race MORE won by just 4.9 percentage points in 2016, has presented himself as a moderate choice in the crowded Democratic primary field. He has struggled so far to break 1 percent support in national polls of the race.