During a debate this week with his Republican challenger, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper began discussing Obamacare and promptly did this …

Well, it certainly felt like he was running away from Obamacare as fast as he possibly could.

Hickenlooper, who during an initial debate last month, was described as offering “a full-throated defense of Obamacare,” suddenly said he’s “no big fan of the Affordable Care Act.”

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His challenger, Bob Beauprez, could be heard saying in an exasperated voice, “You said you were!”

Hickenlooper was clearly being booed by the audience, most likely because they saw the thinly veiled attempt to backtrack on his support for the Affordable Care Act.

In their initial debates, Hickenlooper lamented the days before Obamacare:

In 2011, we had 100,000 people in this state denied insurance because of preexisting conditions. If we roll this back as the congressman wants to do, what are we going to do for them? We’re not going back.

Hickenlooper released a statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act, saying it is “already improving the lives of many Coloradans.”

And during his State of the State address earlier this year, Hickenlooper offered praise for Obamacare, which “drew applause and a standing ovation from Democrats, but silence from Republicans.”

Are Hickenlooper and his fellow Democrats running away from an unpopular Obamacare policy because it will hurt them at the ballot box? Tell us your thoughts below.