Former Colorado Gov. Ritter Backs Hillary 2016

Add another name to the Clinton presidential bandwagon. 

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter answers questions after announcing that he will not seek a second term of office on Jan. 6, 2010, in Denver.

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says Hillary Clinton has “all the makings to be president of the United States.”

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Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says he’s strongly on board the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential bandwagon.

The single-term Democrat, a moderate who opted against a re-election bid in 2010, tells U.S. News & World Report Clinton has “all the makings to be president of the United States.”

“Nobody’s called me and asked me, but if Hillary Clinton called me tomorrow and asked for my support, I’d be there,” he says. “I very much respect her service as a U.S. senator. I think she did a phenomenal job as secretary of state. She has a lifetime of public service.”

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In 2008, Barack Obama crushed Clinton in the state’s caucuses by a staggering 34 points.

Clinton’s numbers in the Rocky Mountain State are currently weaker than in any other battleground in the country, according to a recent Quinnipiac University survey which shows her losing hypothetical match-ups against Republicans Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

At least three current Democratic governors have already pledged their support to Clinton -- Missouri’s Jay Nixon, Arkansas’ Mike Beebe and Minnesota’s Mark Dayton.


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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has been mentioned as a potential running mate to Clinton, appears to have no interest in either slot on a national ticket.

In August, he told BuzzFeed that he’s too old to be vice president.

“It’s not gonna happen,” he deadpanned.

In another interview last spring, a top Hickenlooper adviser said he was skeptical his boss would ever seek the presidency.