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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Addresses Hot Topics In Town Hall

ATLANTA (CBS4) - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took questions from members of the public during a CNN Town Hall in Atlanta Wednesday night. Hickenlooper is running for president in 2020.

Questions covered the death penalty, abortion, oil and gas regulation as well as gun control.

Hickenlooper also touched on global terrorism saying President Donald Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his comments about how he doesn't view white nationalism as a growing global threat.

"Anytime you are making comments and creating, fanning the flames of hatred, then you're doing a genuine harm to your community," Hickenlooper said.

When asked about how he would address the death penalty as president, he said, "I'm against it. It makes no sense. It's not a deterrent. It's expensive. It prolongs misery. And the worse thing is it is random."

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John Hickenlooper during a CNN Town Hall. (credit: CNN)

One man asked Hickenlooper on his stance for universal, government-run healthcare.

"We're almost at universal coverage in Colorado. We're at about 95 percent coverage, and we did that by expanding Medicaid and by creating one of the most innovated and successful healthcare exchanges in the country," Hickenlooper responded. "I don't agree with Sen. Sanders... the single-payer approach where you're going to have Medicare for all. I understand we need a public option... Let's be honest, healthcare should be a right, not a privilege."

Hickenlooper announced his 2020 bid in early March, becoming the 14th Democratic candidate and second governor to enter the growing field.

Former Colorado Governor And Democratic Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper Holds Campaign Kick-Off Rally In Denver
DENVER, CO - MARCH 07: Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper meets with supporters at a rally to kick off his presidential campaign outside the Colorado Capital on March 7, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

"It's time to end the crisis of division, it's time to bring all Americans together and that is why I'm running for president of the United States," he said at a campaign launch party.

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