John Hickenlooper will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week. Here’s a preview.

This will be his second appearance in a row, and the stakes feel higher for Hickenlooper.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks during a press conference on the state capitol steps, calling out Donald Trump as a racist candidate. June 8, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks during a press conference on the state capitol steps, calling out Donald Trump as a racist candidate. June 8, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper will speak sometime during the convention, which runs next Monday to Thursday, John Frank of the Denver Post reports.

This will be his second appearance in a row, and the stakes feel higher for Hickenlooper.

In 2012, Hickenlooper spoke at the Democratic convention for about 7 minutes, starting by talking about the Aurora theater shooting and wildfires of that year.

Tragedy aside, it was pretty standard convention stuff. He talked about Colorado’s resilience through the Aurora theater shooting and wildfires of that year. He offered cooperation as the antidote to bad things, and talked about his brewpub’s success from hard times.

This year, he has enjoyed heavy speculation for Clinton’s vice-presidential choice, which is a dramatic way for party insiders to talk up rising Democratic stars. The latest talk is that it won’t be Hick – but a higher federal post is always a possibility.

This speech, meanwhile, is a chance to go beyond the introduction he made last time around – and it will be a Democratic reply to Darryl Glenn’s slot at the RNC.