Colorado governor John Hickenlooper said wife offered to stay for presidential run

DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a New York Times columnist that his wife, Helen Thorpe, offered to stay in the marriage if Hickenlooper had run for president.

Hickenlooper was talking about politics and relationships to columnist Frank Bruni.

Hickenlooper said when he and his wife discussed separating, Thorpe said, "If you want to run for president, I’m in. We’ll stay married. I’ll figure it out and I’ll be fine.”

Hickenlooper told Bruni he felt his wife's offer was incredibly generous, but he didn't want to "prolong her unhappiness" and he wanted to concentrate on Colorado.

The couple announced their separation in August, saying they remained friends and would raise their son together.

Thorpe attended the governor's State of the State speech earlier this month. During the speech, Hickenlooper thanked her for her support.

The Governor's office confirmed that Hickenlooper talked to the columnist and said they had nothing else to add. Read more in the New York Times.