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John Hickenlooper Says He's Too Old To Be Hillary Clinton's VP

Tina Brown, the editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast recently endorsed a Clinton-Hickenlooper ticket. "It's not gonna happen," the Colorado governor says.

Posted on August 3, 2013, at 1:24 p.m. ET

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MILWAUKEE — John Hickenlooper, the Democratic governor of Colorado, dismissed the idea that he could be Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president in 2016, saying the former Secretary of State would "look for somebody a lot younger than I am."

Tina Brown, the editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, penned an article last month in which she argued that a Clinton-Hickenlooper ticket "might feel like an edgy move that boosts the increasingly beleaguered beached white male."

Brown, who has not been shy about her desire that Clinton run for president again, cast the "centrist" Hickenlooper as the "antithesis of all the halitotic miseries that define the choked-up discord of politics in the capital."

But asked about the piece Saturday at the National Governors Association conference here, Hickenlooper said, "It's not gonna happen."

"First, I guarantee you that Hillary Clinton is gonna look for somebody a lot younger than I am," said Hickenlooper, who would be 64 years old in 2016. (Clinton will be 69 years old by then.)

"I'm no spring chicken. I think there are a number of other choices out there that would be much better suited. Dozens," he said, naming Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware and Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland as two possible choices. "These guys are young, vigorous, robust, enthusiastic," he said.

Hickenlooper himself has been floated as a possible candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2016, particularly if Clinton opts out of the race.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.