NEW YORK (CBS4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper is talking about this year’s presidential campaign on a national stage.

Colorado’s Democratic governor traveled to New York to make an appearance in the studios of CBS This Morning on Monday to talk about his new book “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics.” The book goes on sale on Tuesday.

In addition to laughing about some of the silly things Hickenlooper writes about in the early part of the book, the hosts of the show also wanted to talk politics, including his view of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign.

“People think (‘The Apprentice’) is real life. And really, that’s not a vision for America. That’s not a plan of what we should be doing or how we should be approaching our problems,” he said, referring to Trump’s former television reality show.

Hickenlooper said he was bullied when he was in school, and he thinks of that experience when he sees some of the headlines coming out of the presidential race.

“When someone is kind of a braggart and a bully, it makes me on edge — just because I lived that. And I don’t think that’s the model we want for our kids in this country,” Hickenlooper said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on CBS This Morning on May 23, 2016. (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on CBS This Morning on May 23, 2016. (credit: CBS)

Colorado’s governor also spoke at length about gun rights and gun control during the interview, saying universal background checks have helped prevent guns getting into the hands of thousands of criminals.

“Universal backgrounds work. You keep guns out of the hands out of dangerous people. That shouldn’t be partisan, that should be something we all agree to, but it became this huge battle,” he said, referring to one of Colorado’s new gun laws he signed into law.

Last week Hickenlooper’s name was included on a list published by The Hill of possible Democratic vice presidential choices.

“I’m not trying to be V.P. I have the greatest job in the world,” he told the CBS This Morning hosts when asked about it. “I think that list is a very long list and I’m down towards the bottom, so that’s not a point of contention or a point of real discussion.”

Hickenlooper has said he supports Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.


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