John Hickenlooper has spent months dropping fat hints that he's thinking of running for president. But he just can't bring himself to say he's running.

That's probably for legal and campaign-regulatory reasons, as 9News' Steve Staeger explores here.

But it means that Colorado's former governor has to keep coming up with coy, clever ways to say he's probably gonna run, pretty likely to run, thinking hard about running, without coming right out and saying he's running. Not yet, anyway.

We here at Colorado Politics have been enjoying Hick's verbal gymnastics on the matter. And we've compiled some of our favorites among his varied answers to the question: "So, are you running for president?" Click through the slideshow above.

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