‘If Beto O’Rourke wants to go and run for president, God bless him…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Despite many Democrats’ obsession with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who failed to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the midterms, some are skeptical.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, said Democrats are wrong to encourage O’Rourke to run for the White House in 2020, since he couldn’t even win in his home state.
“If Beto O’Rourke wants to go and run for president, God bless him, he should put his hat in and make his case. But, he lost. You don’t usually promote a loser to the top of party,” Emanuel said Thursday on MSNBC.
“Beto-mania” has already hit key primary states, like Iowa and New Hampshire.
And a recent Morning Consult/POLITICO poll reveals O’Rourke as the third option on Democratic voters’ presidential wish list, just under former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
O’Rourke initially said he wouldn’t run again in 2020, but he recently left the door open, saying he had decided “not to rule anything out.”
On Wednesday, a group of Democratic strategists announced they would begin a political action committee to fund Beto’s presidential campaign if he chooses to run.
“Beto can win,” they said in a statement, according to the Dallas News. “Our goal is to show Beto that there is support for his candidacy, starting here in New England.”
Now, Beto is saying that “anything is possible.”
“Running for Senate, I was 100 percent focused on our campaign, winning that race,” he told reporters. “Now that that is no longer possible, you know, we’re thinking through a number of things.”
Earlier this week, former President Barack Obama praised O’Rourke as an “impressive young man who ran a terrific race in Texas.”
“What I liked most about his race was that it didn’t feel constantly poll-tested,” Obama said. “It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed.”