Hickenlooper made the unpopular comment at the Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco.
“Let me be perfectly clear,” the moderate candidate told the not-very-receptive audience members holding Bernie Sanders signs. “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big, progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.”
As the booing from some 4,500 delegates and observers continued over his speech for several seconds, he suddenly warned: “You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up helping to re-elect the worst president in American history.”
The booing picked up again when Hickenlooper began to talk about “pragmatism” — and expressed skepticism about the Green New Deal and government-run healthcare.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took the stage after Hickenlooper, crowing: “I am a governor who doesn’t think we should be ashamed of our progressive values” — to roaring applause.
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