Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday shot down the idea of a unity presidential ticket with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2020.
After reports surfaced that the pair was mulling the idea earlier Friday, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, took to Twitter to say there is “no ulterior motive” to his newly frequent work with the Republican Ohio governor.
“Kasich is dapper & worldly, but knows nada about brewing beer,” he quipped. “Loving the attention on our bipartisan work but no ulterior motive. Not a unity ticket, just working with a new friend on hard compromises.”
The news website Axios initially reported on the possibility Friday. The report said the potential bid could feature Kasich at the top of the ticket with Hickenlooper as his running mate.
Hickenlooper and Kasich have frequently appeared side by side this summer to focus on influencing the national healthcare debate, and Axios reported that the two plan to extend the platform they have built on healthcare to immigration and job creation. They’re also discussing with major media outlets the possibility of a podcast or cable news show, the report said.
John Weaver, a top adviser to Kasich who served as the chief strategist for the Ohio governor’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign, told Business Insider to expect to see a lot more of the pair in the coming months.
“They work very well together and will continue to lead on healthcare, immigration, and probably other key issues,” Weaver told Business Insider in an email, adding a smiley emoticon.
Kasich and Hickenlooper made their first major appearance together at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, in late June to criticise the Republican healthcare legislation that the Senate was debating. They called on both parties to come together and form a better plan while seeking more stakeholder input, such as that of US governors.
The pair also signed onto multiple letters and statements rejecting different iterations of the legislation, leading a team of bipartisan governors who were critical of the Republican healthcare plan and process before it fell apart late last month.
Earlier this month, Kasich and Hickenlooper appeared together on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to advocate bipartisan fixes to the Affordable Care Act, the law better known as Obamacare. In another joint interview, the pair said they were close to presenting their plan to help stabilise the nation’s health-insurance markets.
Kasich, who has at times not been shy about opposing President Donald Trump, has hinted to reporters that he may again try to seek the presidency in 2020 either as part of an independent bid or as a Republican primary challenge to Trump.
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