CNN to feature Hickenlooper in town hall next week

CNN to feature Hickenlooper in town hall next week
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CNN will feature former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, one of the most recent Democrats to declare a 2020 presidential bid, in a town hall next week in Atlanta, the network announced Wednesday.

The March 20 event from CNN Center at its headquarters in Atlanta will be moderated by the network's chief political correspondent Dana Bash. The Hickenlooper event marks the ninth town hall CNN has offered this year.

Hickenlooper, 67, officially launched his candidacy on March 4. In the announcement, he referred to President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE as a "bully" while adding, "As a skinny kid with coke-bottle glasses and a funny last name, I've stood up to my fair share of bullies."

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After Trump said Hickenlooper refused "to acknowledge capitalism," the Democratic presidential hopeful accused the president of preferring to have a "divisive fight" than a discussion around solving issues.

"Americans are dealing with serious challenges around the affordability of healthcare, education and housing and an economy that hasn’t produced jobs that pay," Hickenlooper said in a statement to The Hill earlier this week. "President Trump would rather have a divisive fight argument about labels than have a real discussion about how to solve these problems."

"Fomenting division is his way of distracting us from the fact that he is actually making things worse for Americans, by giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy and big corporations while proposing devastating cuts to Medicare, imposing tariffs that hurt farmers and consumers and hollowing out the Affordable Care Act," he added.

The comments came after Trump told Breitbart News in an interview published Monday that Hickenlooper was "ashamed" of the word "capitalism."

Last week, Hickenlooper would not definitively answer a question regarding whether he considers himself a proud capitalist. 

"The labels, I'm not sure any of them fit," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Hickenlooper would later clarify his comments in an interview with CBS News

"I'm happy to say I'm a capitalist, but I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us."

Other 2020 hopefuls to appear in town halls hosted by CNN the past couple months include Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo stabilize Central America, the US must craft better incentives for trade Majority in new poll say US headed in wrong direction Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWicker: Biden comments on Ukraine caused 'distress' for both parties Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Hillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.); Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE (D-Hawaii); former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyLobbying world Maryland Democrats target lone Republican in redistricting scheme Warning: Joe Biden's 'eat the rich' pitch may come back to bite you MORE (D-Md.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

CNN will also feature Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.) in a town hall on Monday.

Each candidate has received a full hour in prime time. All have declared their presidential candidacies except for Schultz, who is still weighing an independent bid.