After Presidential Candidacy, Former Colorado Governor Will Run for U.S. Senate

August 22, 2019 AT 7:55 AM

By Bridget Bowman

After spending a week off the campaign trail, former presidential candidate John Hickenlooper announced Thursday that he will run for the Senate in Colorado.

The former two-term governor said he wants to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner next year.

“I’ve always said Washington is a lousy place for a guy like me who likes to get things done,” Hickenlooper said in an announcement video on his campaign website. “But this is no time to walk away from the table.”

Hickenlooper announced his withdrawal from the presidential race one week ago. He sought to differentiate himself from the crowded field with centrist positions on health care and climate change, but his candidacy never gained traction.

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