Democratic Presidential Candidate Hickenlooper: 'I Took My Mother to See Deep Throat’

By Susan Jones | March 21, 2019 | 12:00pm EDT
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is now running for president. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Toward the end of his CNN town hall Wednesday night, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper -- now in the running for president -- was asked about a story he tells in his memoir: that he went to see an X-rated movie with his mother when he was 18 years old.

"Thank you so much for that question," Hickenlooper told moderator Dana Bash.

"I thought it was better to write a book to let people really see who you were and the dumb things you did as well as the smart things," Hickenlooper explained.

Here's his explanation of a move "on the dumb side," as he described it:

I was the youngest of four. And as I said, my dad died right after I turned 8, and my mother and I had a pretty tempestuous relationship. She was just the most amazing person. And I went off to college, and for the first time she was alone in the house. And I didn't realize how powerful that was until I got home at Thanksgiving.

And I had promised -- I had called a friend in Philadelphia -- 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. Again, you've got to understand, I was 18 years old.

And so I came home. My mother hated to cook. I mean, she was just a strong, powerful woman who got stuff done in her own right. And I got home and she had this huge dinner laid out. And I said, I promised Jed that we'd go to the movie theater and see this -- this new movie, do you want to come? And it's an X-movie, and you know, I just -- I was sure that she would say no. I made a mistake. And she said, I'd love to go, because she didn't want to be left alone in the house again.

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So I took my mother to see “Deep Throat.” And to her credit -- the first scene is -- (here Hickenlooper pauses to tell the audience, "I didn't ask the question.") But I will tell you that my mother was -- I'm sure she was mortified. And I said repeatedly, I think we should leave. I think we should go. And my mother was the kind of person that rarely went to a movie. She thought almost every movie would get on TV. So, obviously, not this one.

But she was -- she really, once she paid, she was going to stay. And at the end she knew that I was humiliated. And as we drove home, and you know how the dashboard in the old cars had a kind of green light, and you know, I asked her, I said, “Well that was some experience.” And she goes, and says, “Well, I thought the lighting was very good in the movie.” I thought I saw a little grin in that green light.

Dana Bash gave an incredulous laugh and said, let's get back to the audience.

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