Hickenlooper in 2016? Odds are ‘1 in 20,000’

John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, speaks during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, speaks during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says don’t bet on him to run for president in 2016.

The Democrat, who won re-election in November even as Republicans picked up a U.S. Senate seat and took over the state senate, was in Washington along with other governors to meet President Barack Obama at the White House today. When asked what the chance is that he’d seek the presidency himself, he sought to lower expectations.

“You want statistical chances? One in 20,000,” Hickenlooper, 62, the chairman of the National Governors Association, told the audience after a speech at the National Press Club. “That’s off the top of my head. I think it’s nil.”

A brew-pub entrepreneur and former Denver mayor, Hickenlooper was first elected governor in 2010. He has overseen the state as it went through an oil-and-gas boom and became the nation’s first to tax and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana.

He praised Utah’s Republican governor, Gary Herbert, co-chair of the group, as a presidential hopeful instead.

“An endorsement from a Democrat’s really going to help me,” Herbert said. “This is no winner.”

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