"But I do believe that everywhere I've gone, Iowa, South Carolina ... there have been very positive receptions. That's what makes me think, 'If I get those kinds of receptions from very highly probable primary voters, then it's just a question of time.' "
The outgoing governor and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.
Gov. Hickenlooper is one of two governors who are "basically running right now" and presenting themselves as moderate choices, FiveThirtyEight says in their latest look at the pre-campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president.