The Fix: John Hickenlooper

State of the State addresses: 5 memorable moments (VIDEO)

Several governors delivered State of the State addresses this week, announcing gun control proposals, calling for federal aid to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, and even stumbling over words. Below, we look back at the most notable moments from the speeches:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) offered an impassioned call for new gun control measures:

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) choked up as he mentioned those affected by the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) devoted nearly all of his address to Hurricane Sandy. He didn't address gun control:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) called for background checks on all gun sales:

And also flubbed the end of his address:

How John Hickenlooper can help President Obama

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) could be the most important swing-state governor of the 2012 election.

The reason: The first-term governor is popular — extremely popular — and that could bode well for President Obama in what is increasingly looking like a pivotal state in the 2012 election. In addition, Hickenlooper is one of few swing-state governors with legitimate national ambitions right now.

That makes the 2012 election an invaluable time for him to get his name out there and build a base of support for a potential future run for president.

And that could play into Obama’s hands in a tough state — that is, if Hickenlooper embraces the president.
President Obama makes a statement from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is at left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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