John Hickenlooper paused his tour of early 2020 primary states over the weekend to talk about global issues in Germany.
The former Colorado governor "delivered an address on global trade and the future of the Trans-Atlantic alliance" at the Munich Security Conference, Hickenlooper's Giddy Up PAC said in a statement Monday. "He also participated in a range of discussions covering cyber-security, NATO, military strategy, and other national security challenges," the statement said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden -- who, like Hickenlooper, is thinking strongly of a presidential bid -- was also on hand for the annual conference, which drew national leaders, military officers and diplomats.
And while Biden got more attention at the conference, Hickenlooper "was active behind the scenes, meeting with allied diplomats and other officials," The Washington Post reports.
Both Biden and Hickenlooper reassured overseas conference attendees jittery about the Trump administration's foreign policy that they support America's traditional trans-Atlantic alliances, and the Coloradan also advocated open trade.
“Fair trade is something that is at the heart of who we are as a country and always have been,” Hickenlooper told the Post.
On Feb. 23, Hickenlooper will be back Iowa to meet with Democratic voters for meet-and-greets in Sioux City and Carroll and a speech at the Iowa Story County Democrats' annual Soup Dinner in Ames, his PAC says.
Vice President Mike Pence also attended the Munich meeting, calling on Europe to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, CNN reports.