Democratic candidate mistaken for member of the press

John Hickenlooper

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John Hickenlooper’s struggle to get more national attention was brought front-and-center Wednesday when a staffer at the Democratic debates mistook him for a member of the press.

An NPR host noticed the exchange when a security guard asked the former Colorado governor if he was there to pick up his press credentials.

Hickenlooper responded “I’m a candidate.”

He took the embarrassment in stride tweeting: “Last time, we elected the most famous candidate. Let’s try something new.”

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