Democratic Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper Recalls Taking His Mom to See ‘Deep Throat’ (Video)

Former Colorado governor talks about the incident on CNN town hall

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper recalled a surprising moment during a CNN town hall Wednesday evening telling, an audience on live television that he once took his mother to see “Deep Throat.”

“I didn’t know what an X-movie was. We thought it was a little naughty but we didn’t think it was that bad,” the 2020 presidential candidate recalled, saying the original plan was to see the famously phonographic film with his friend. Hickenlooper invited his mother so she wouldn’t be at home lonely — never expecting she would accept his invitation.

“I was sure that she [would] say no, I made a mistake. She said ‘I’d love to go’ because she didn’t want to be left alone in the house again. So I took my mother to see ‘Deep Throat.’

“I’m sure she was mortified and I said repeatedly, ‘I think we should leave, I think we should go,'” he added, while also noting that “once she paid she was going to stay.”

Gerard Damiano’s 1972 classic is widely considered one of the most famous films of America’s “Golden Age of Porn.” The film was an early pioneer in a more sophisticated genre of pornography with bigger budgets, higher production values and more complex plot-lines. It’s name is best remembered today as the the pseudonym of Watergate leaker W. Mark Felt — who leaked critical information to Washington Post Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — which ultimately led to the disgrace and resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The nugget, originally from Hickenlooper’s memoir, may have been a humanizing moment for the candidate who has sometimes struggled to gain traction in a crowded field of Democratic contenders. During an appearance on “Morning Joe” earlier this month, Hickenlooper had difficulty answering whether he was a capitalist or not.

“Oh I don’t know, you know the labels, I’m not sure any of them fit,” he said. “I think right now the way that capitalism is working in the United States, it’s not doing what it once did. It’s really not providing security, opportunity, for the middle class and for poor people.”

Before he became governor, Hickenlooper himself was a successful small businessman.

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