Political buzz says Hickenlooper on Clinton’s shortlist for vice president

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DENVER -- There was talk Monday that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's shortlist of possible running mates.

The political website TheHill.com is the latest where the claim was made.

Hickenlooper has been a supporter of Clinton for a long time, even after Bernie Sanders scored a solid victory in Colorado in March in the Democratic caucus.

TheHill.com says Hickenlooper is one of the top five possible running mate candidates for Clinton. The website also names Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

"Some in Clintonworld say the Colorado governor's name should be on any short list," TheHill.com reported. "For starters, a win in Colorado would cement the race for Clinton. Hickenlooper has also been a loyal soldier to Clinton during the primary, particularly when his state voted for Sanders by nearly 20 percentage points.

Colorado state GOP party chairman Steve House released a statement Monday night that read in part, "If Hillary Clinton wants a governor who will continue to advocate for policies that increase the cost of health care, attack our Second Amendment rights and expand big government, she has her man in Gov. Hickenlooper."

Neither the governor nor the Clinton campaign have commented on the speculation.

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