2020 WATCH | Bennet in New Hampshire and on CNN; Hickenlooper in the south

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper discusses gun control and death penalty issues with Anthony Thompson on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Thompson's wife was slain in a massacre that claimed nine Bible study participants at a historic black church in South Carolina. Hickenlooper, a staunch advocate for gun control legislation, visited Mother Emanuel during a campaign trip to the state as he seems the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

The two Coloradans running for president spent the weekend greeting voters, while Bennet again addressed his cancer diagnosis.

John Hickenlooper was wrapping up three days of campaigning aimed at reaching out to black voters, who are key to a Democratic presidential effort in southern states.

The former Colorado governor said Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, that he's making an effort to "meet people where they are" in getting to know the diverse electorate in states outside his own.

Hickenlooper this week addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, using his speech to the group in New York to outline his record on policing. Hickenlooper suggested that the nation "shutter some prisons altogether." He then visited a lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.

On Saturday, Hickenlooper met with two survivors of a racist attack on a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina is the first state on the primary calendar with a largely black electorate.

Meanwhile, Sen. Michael Bennet said he was trying to keep his recent prostate cancer diagnosis out of mind as he mulls a run for president while visiting New Hampshire.

The Colorado Democrat spoke to a group of roughly 30 people at a coffee shop in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Saturday afternoon. The senator focused on health care and improving the Affordable Care Act at the event, while also criticizing the Republican Freedom Caucus as "tyrants."

Speaking after the event, the 54-year-old said he'll have surgery at the beginning of the Senate recess and hopes to be on the move again a few weeks after.

"I don't think there's any point in dwelling on it," he said. "If it turns out to be worse than I think, I'll deal with it then."

Asked when he hoped to make an announcement, he said Sunday, "As soon as I can."

Bennet told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he plans to have a medical procedure at the beginning of the upcoming congressional recess, which starts later this week.

"Then it's going to be a couple of weeks for recovery. But I would like to get on with this. I'm looking forward to running in 2020. This obviously was unexpected. But we caught it early."

He told Fox News: "I feel really lucky. It was caught early and this is a really treatable form of cancer and we have insurance. I think I’m going to be fine. I hope I will because I really want to have the opportunity to run in 2020."

In an interview with the cable channel, Bennet noted that then-Sen. John Kerry ran for president in 2004 after having cancer surgery.

“John was 59 when he had the same operation," Bennet told Fox News. "He had it and two weeks later he was in California, doing what he needed to do out there to campaign. So I take this seriously, but if all goes well I don’t see this stopping me.”

The Associated Press contributed.


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