DENVER (CBS4/AP) — It’s a big test for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. He’s addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday evening.

Hickenlooper is one of a half-dozen Coloradans speaking at the convention. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Reps. Jared Polis and Diana DeGette were also invited to Charlotte to address Democrats.

Hickenlooper is one of the nation’s most popular governors, and his brief speech in Charlotte will give Democrats outside Colorado a chance to size him up.

It’s a big night for the governor, but not his first address to the Democratic National Convention. He also spoke briefly four years ago, when he was mayor of Denver and the convention was in Colorado’s capital city.

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Hickenlooper said there is no question the country is better off now than it was four years ago.

“If you look in January of 2009 when the president was inaugurated, ask any honest CEO and they were losing customers, they were losing sales, by every measure they were in a free fall and now people are arguing whether we’re recovering fast enough. We’ve had almost 30 consecutive months of job creation, 4.5 million new jobs. That’s a big difference from where we were in January of 2009,” said Hickenlooper.

Former President Bill Clinton is the main speaker Wednesday in Charlotte.

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