Is Polis looking at 2024?

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

Most of the speculation about the 2024 presidential election is focused around candidates who might challenge former President Trump for the Republican nomination for U.S. President–Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, Mike Pompeo, Larry Hogan, even NH Gov. Chris Sununu and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich–the list goes on.

Few Democrats are openly sounding as though they are ready and willing to take the leap should President Biden not run for a second term and Vice President Harris not replace him on the ticket. 

Gov. Jared Polis in a TV interview on November 27

One person who has said things that hint he might be ready to step into the breach is Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Before being elected to his current position, Polis, 47, was a Member of Congress for ten years. Prior to that, he served one six-year term as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education. Having started and sold several businesses during his life, Gov. Polis’ net worth was estimated at over $300 million back in 2015.

Polis’ 2023 State of the State speech, delivered on January 17, included, “How can Colorado’s example shine a bright light for the nation?” Addressing several national issues, he said, “In Colorado, we’ve already taken action to protect our freedoms and we protected a woman’s right to choose,” and, “We’ve built a world-class voting system to ensure that every Coloradan can have their voice heard through our election process,” adding, “We want secure, accessible elections for every voter in our country, not just Colorado voters. And, of course, we must secure our borders and fix our inhumane, broken immigration system.” He also included, “Colorado can help shape our country’s quest to become a more perfect union by setting a bold pace of progress, fighting for liberty, and delivering on our promises to improve the quality of life.”

On November 27, 2022, right after the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs where five people were killed and 25 more were injured, Polis was interviewed on a Sunday morning national talk show. He told the host, “I think what you really need to do if you’re serious about reducing these kinds of gun violence events and mass violence events is try to take the best ideas from all sides, that work. We need to, as a society, as political leaders…look at all the evidence and the facts and try to make decisions that lead to a safer country.”

The governor talked about Colorado’s red flag law, pointing out that it has been used several hundred times since it was instituted and, “Could have been used even more to prevent these kinds of tragic events, or more often to prevent self-harm or suicide.” He also raised the issue of the need for national action, including the expansion of universal background checks, similar to those that already exist in Colorado, and pointed to the important roles of “mental health issues and divisive rhetoric” in acts of violence. 

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