Hickenlooper entered the governor's race last week after Gov. Bill Ritter announced he would not run for re-election.
The mayor says his experience opening restaurants and making payrolls leads him to encourage the government to cut more spending before it turns to the public for more money.
"My guess is the public would overwhelmingly say, 'Don't put more burdens on us when we can least afford it.' I think that makes sense," Hickenlooper said. "You know in business when your sales go down in business, you don't raise your prices. When revenues go down in government, we can't raise our prices. We can't raise taxes. It's just counter-intuitive."
There are two Republicans vying to be governor as well: former Congressman Scott McInnis and Evergreen businessman Dan Maes.
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