Hickenlooper to speak in New Hampshire, fueling 2016 buzz

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DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose name has been tossed around as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, is scheduled to give a speech in New Hampshire next month.

Hickenlooper is scheduled to speak at the New Hampshire Forum on the Future on August 6, WMUR-TV in Manchester reports.

New Hampshire, of course, holds the first primary of the presidential election year and is typically a receptive place for politically-moderate newcomers looking to dip their toes into the waters of presidential politics.

One of the country’s most popular governors, Hickenlooper has always dismissed the 2016 question when asked by national media outlets, saying that he doesn’t intend to run for president.

Of course, that’s what all prospective candidates say — until they announce they’re actually running.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Hickenlooper’s spokesman, Eric Brown, responded to a FOX31 inquiry about the New Hampshire visit.

“The governor was invited by a board member of Education Commission of the States, of which the governor is chair, to speak about education at an event in New Hampshire,” Brown said.

“It is not at all related to any campaign.”