Twenty Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are descending on Miami for the first round of Democratic debates — and many people, even security guards working the event, have trouble identifying all the candidates and telling them apart.
The Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had the misfortune of being mistaken for a reporter while checking in for the Democratic debates taking place on June 26 and 27, according to a tweet from the NPR reporter Scott Detrow, who is covering the event from Miami.
The 2020 Democratic field includes a former vice president, eight current and former US senators, seven current and former members of the House of Representatives, four mayors, three governors, and two candidates, Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson, who have never held elected office.
A representative for Hickenlooper’s campaign did not immediately respond to a text from INSIDER inquiring about whether being mistaken for a reporter at official events is a frequent occurrence for Hickenlooper, who will be one of 10 candidates on the stage for the second night of debates.
In a reply to Detrow’s tweet, Hickenlooper wrote, “last time, we elected the most famous candidate. Let’s try something new.”
Hickenlooper, a former two-term governor and the former mayor of Denver, is running from the center as a progressive, business-friendly candidate, publicly decrying ambitious policy proposals like “Medicare for All,” a proposed single-payer healthcare system, and the Green New Deal. He’s polling at 1% in Morning Consult’s daily survey of the Democratic primary.
Last month, several members of Congress running long-shot campaigns for president, including Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Tim Ryan and Seth Moulton, poked a little fun at themselves in a series of tweets where they called each other by the names of other lesser-known white male presidential candidates.
The first round of Democratic debates, however, could provide an opportunity for these candidates to have a breakout moment, boost their name recognition, and raise their national profiles.