Bennet Hickenlooper Two SHot

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (left) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, seen during their campaign swings through Iowa in February.

Among the large and growing field of Democrats who want to be president, there's very liberal, liberal, and not so liberal.

And the two Coloradans in the 2020 race are not ranked among the far-left firebrands. Or at least that's how Democrats surveyed by Business Insider see it.

The news outlet asked participants to rank 20 Democratic candidates based on their perception of each hopeful's political ideology.

"Once the poll respondents indicated which of the candidates they had heard of, we followed up by asking them to 'Please rank the following candidates based on how politically left you perceive their politics to be, with the contender in the first (1) position being the most liberal and the contender in the highest-numbered position being the least liberal'," Business Insider said in its report.

According to those surveyed, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is by far the most liberal candidate, with California Sen. Kamala Harris a distant No. 2 and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren holding down the third, fourth and fifth spots on the farthest-left scale.

At the other end -- least liberal -- those surveyed named Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, followed closely by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. Next come California Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper lands close to the middle in the field of 20, the Business Insider survey says. He ranks as the ninth least liberal candidate -- or, put another way, as the 11th most liberal, between former Vice President Joe Biden (deemed slightly more liberal) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (slightly less liberal).

Business Insider calls Bennet "a purple state centrist [who] was part of the Gang of Eight, a group of four Republican and four Democratic lawmakers that wrote a comprehensive immigration reform bill which passed the Senate with bipartisan support in 2013. He's opposed to ... Sanders' Medicare-for-all legislation, and has proposed offering a public option for health insurance and allowing the government to negotiate Medicare drug prices."

Hickenlooper, meanwhile, "built a reputation as a pro-business pragmatist while governing his purple state. He has specifically framed his candidacy as a more moderate option for voters, criticizing the Green New Deal and expressing concerns about Medicare-for-all," BI says.

Business Insider says it surveyed 675 Democrats nationwide on April 18-19 -- a few weeks before Bennet declared his candidacy.

The ranking leaves out a few Democratic White House hopefuls, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam; and author-activist Marianne Williamson.




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