John Hickenlooper in June Democratic candidates debate in Miami FL


On Crime: As Denver mayor, I diversified my police force

Q [to Mayor Pete BUTTIGIEG]: The police force in South Bend is now 6% black in a city that is 26% black. Why has that not improved over your two terms as mayor?

BUTTIGIEG: Because I couldn't get it done. Until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism, we will be left with the bigger problem of the fact that there is a wall of mistrust put up one racist act at a time.

Gov. John HICKENLOOPER (former mayor of Denver): I think that the question they're asking in South Bend and I think across the country is why has it taken so long? We had a shooting when I first became mayor, 10 years before Ferguson. And the community came together and we created an Office of the Independent Monitor, a Civilian Oversight Commission, and we diversified the police force in two years. We actually did de-escalation training. I think the real question that America should be asking is why, five years after Ferguson, every city doesn't have this level of police accountability.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Institute wind & solar, as well as methane reductions

In Colorado, we're closing a couple of coal plants, replacing it with wind, solar and batteries and the monthly bills go down. We're building a network for electric vehicles. We are working with the oil and gas industry and we've created the first methane regulations in the country.

Methane is 25 times worse than CO2. We've got to recognize that only by bringing people together, businesses, nonprofits-- we will be doomed to failure.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Environment: Toughest methane regulations in the country

I'm a small-business owner who brought that same scrappy spirit to big Colorado, one of the most progressive states in America. We attacked climate change with the toughest methane regulations in the country. You don't need big government to do big things. I know that because I'm the one person up here who's actually done the big progressive things everyone else is talking about. If we turn towards socialism, we run the risk of helping to re-elect the worst president in American history.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Immigration: Federal agents taking children from parents is kidnapping

Q: On day one of your presidency, thousands of men, women & children cross the border, asking for asylum. What do you do?

HICKENLOOPER: If you'd ever told me any time in my life that this country would sanction federal agents to take children from the arms of their parents, put them in cages, actually put them up for adoption--in Colorado, we call that kidnapping--I would have told you it was unbelievable. And the first thing we have to do is recognize the humanitarian crisis on the border for what it is. We make sure that there are the sufficient facilities in place so that women and children are not separated from their families, that children are with their families. We have to make sure that ICE is completely reformed and they begin looking at their job in a humanitarian way, where they're addressing the whole needs of the people that they are engaged with, and we have to make sure ultimately that we provide not just shelter, but food, clothing, and access to medical care.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Jobs: No socialism: we can't promise every American a job

If we don't clearly define that we are not socialists, the Republicans are going to come at us every way they can and call us socialists. We can't promise every American a government job. If we want to get universal health care coverage, I believe that health care is a right and not a privilege, but you can't expect to eliminate private insurance for 180 million people, many of whom don't want to give it up.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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