Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary with a video laying out his pragmatic case, leavening his moderate background with success stories of defeating the NRA, and confidence he can beat Donald Trump because, "as a skinny kid with Coke bottle classes and a funny last name, I've stood up to my fair share of bullies." "Stand Tall" is narrated by Hickenlooper who describes a bleak picture of Colorado upon becoming governor: "historic drought, thousands of acres in flames, and then came the worst floods in a hundred years. And a mass shooting in a movie theater once again tore the heart out of our community." Hickenlooper pointedly says that, "just offering thoughts and prayers would never again be sufficient," over images of memorial crosses. He seeks to identify with average Americans, noting he was once "laid off in a tough economy," prompting him to change career paths. The video then recreates his shift from geologist to brewpub owner, with a shot of him in an abandoned warehouse hold a case of beer morphing into a shot of him working in his still-thriving restaurant, which he credits for revitalizing a Denver neighborhood. He contends he similarly modernized the city of Denver as mayor. And as governor, he says with a "divided legislature," he enacted health care reform, and worked with environmentalists and fossil fuel companies on "the toughest methane emissions laws in the country." He caps off his resume by saying, "we beat the NRA" on universal background checks and banning high-capacity magazines. He concludes by arguing "we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done. I've proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver." It's a big question whether the Democratic base, hungry for progressive change, will accept the argument that progressive change can be achieved by working across the aisle and with the help of corporate interests, and one ad won't be enough to convince the skeptical.