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Beto O’Rourke declines to invite Biden to campaign with him in Texas


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By Aaron Pellish

Beto O’Rourke, who announced his campaign for Texas governor last week, declined to invite President Joe Biden to campaign alongside him, pushing a message of nonpartisan unity in his upcoming bid for the highest office in Texas.

O’Rourke said his campaign is “not going to be about anyone from outside of our state,” when asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” whether he would welcome Biden to Texas to help him campaign. When pressed for a second time whether he’d want Biden to visit the state, he again declined to extend an invitation.

“This campaign in Texas is not going to be about Joe Biden. It’s not going to be about Donald Trump. It’s not going to be about anyone from outside of our state. This is going to be about the people of Texas and what the people of Texas want,” O’Rourke said. “I’m focused on Texas and on my fellow Texans. Those are the people most important to me. There’s no politician, there’s no other person from outside of this state who can help change the course of this election, for better or for worse.”

O’Rourke’s comments reflect a broader disapproval with Biden nationally and suggest a visit from the President could hurt his campaign more than help. Two polls last week reaffirmed Biden’s worsening popularity among Americans. A Quinnipiac University poll showed 36% of respondents approve of Biden’s handling of his job, compared to 53% who disapprove. A Marquette University Law School poll measured Biden’s approval rating at 49 percent against 51 percent who disapprove.

O’Rourke said he wants his campaign to reach across party lines and unite Texans to advance their priorities, saying, “It’s the time for Texas to realize our full potential.”

“I want to help bring this state together not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Texans, and get back after doing the big things that Texas used to be known for,” O’Rourke said.

‘We don’t want extremism in our gun law’

O’Rourke also defended comments he made during a 2019 presidential debate on gun laws where he said “we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.” O’Rourke said he “still holds this view” while adding he “wants to protect the Second Amendment.”

“We don’t want extremism in our gun law. We want to protect the Second Amendment, we want to protect the lives of our fellow Texans,” he said, taking a more moderate tone.

O’Rourke responded to the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who was acquitted of murder charges after shooting two protesters with an AR-15 in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. He said the case highlights the need for gun law reform and called for the restriction of access to military-style firearms.

“This entire tragedy makes the case that we should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for battlefield use,” O’Rourke said. “That AR-15, that AK-47 has one single solitary purpose and that is killing people as effectively as efficiently and as great a number in as little time as possible.”

This story has been updated with additional information.

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      1. If I catch you with one, I’ll take it. You are too mentally unstable to possess a firearm. You and madmike do not need to be anywhere near firearms.

        1. Yeah right. Good laugh big mouth. Ft Bliss Rod & Gun Club anytime this week nitwit. Lets see if you can take it. But we all know you won’t show and chicken out. You no showed with madmike last year.

    1. Tucker Carlson. What a joke. Rittenhouse sure won’t help his position going on a show where Carlson admitted that his show and FOX weren’t legitimate news outlets.

          1. Char Lie Dumbo hasn’t been paying attention to CNN, ABC, NBC and MSNBC. Only the left was calling Rittenhopuse a white supremacist and murderer. The right was backing him and helping fund his defense. Your senile Joe made it political last year. You need to pay attention. Get out of your libtard bubble.

  1. Little robert francis got his feelings hurt when the doddering old fool did’nt ask him to join his administration of imbeciles, so little bobby will take his wife and daddy in laws money and run without senile joe

      1. Char Lie Dumbo putting his foot in his big mouth as usual. Of course there is. Defamation, libel and slander to start with that leftist idiot Joy at MSNBC and senile Joe.

        1. Will KVIA post the mugshot of Darrell Brooks the Marxist Rapper that ran over kids at the parade in Waukesha? Sad day. He was out on $1000 bail for other violent crimes. Rap sheet going back to 1999.

          1. What makes you think that pos was a Marxist? Since you don’t know what a Marxist is, aren’t you speaking out of turn? As usual?

          2. Hey nitwit. He supported BLM which is clearly Marxist. He hated Trump. He hated police. He has an extensive rap sheet as do most BLM Marxists. Now we see he hated white people in general after running them over.

    1. It’s fake news Char Lie Dumbo. Of course BLM has a connection by their own admission. Go to You Tube nitwit. Lookup We Are Trained Marxists by BLM Patrisse Cullors. Now you STFU!

      1. Seriously BNMP you think Mark doesn’t know this already? He’s not real smart has little education but he is well aware of the Marxist infiltrating our society.

    2. Political ideologies change over time. The new Marxism is American Marxism. American Marxism is “hidden” in the current democrat agenda in the forms of “progressivism, agendas like the green new deal and social justice.

      1. Bernie doesn’t try to hide. BLM is wide open about it. Darrell Brooks doesn’t try to hide it. His social media was full of it. It was taken down about 3am but tens of thousands have downloaded it and it will never go away. I saw his racist and woman beating rap videos. Sickening!
        MARXISM will no win!!!!

        1. By “hide” I mean try to disguise it as something else so uneducated, uninformed morons like Charlie and his ilk who ONLY know what they are told to know by CNN, MSNBC and all the other far left, radical media, think it’s all legit. We know better.

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