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Beto O’Rourke considering run for Texas governor, cites Abbott’s failed virus efforts

EL PASO, Texas -- Former El Paso Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke said in a radio interview that he is contemplating a run for governor of Texas next year against Republican incumbent Greg Abbott.

Abbott will be seeking his third term in office and O'Rourke told ABC-7's media partners at KLAQ radio that he's considering a bid to oust the governor.

"It's something I'm going to think about," O'Rourke said. "This state has suffered perhaps more than any other in the midst of this pandemic."

O'Rourke cited the roughly 1,600 virus deaths in the Sun City to date and blamed Abbott for failing to cooperate with El Paso's local leaders to help stem the tide.

"In El Paso, so many people dying so quickly you set up ten mobile morgues, have to call the national guard to move the dead bodies, and you have a complete indifference on the part of Gov. Greg. Abbott to what local leadership, including our County Judge Samaniego, are trying to do to literally save lives of the people in our lives," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke also indicated he recently endured the loss of a "very good friend" in El Paso who died after being hospitalized with the virus.

"That gets me and I want to be sure we have someone in the highest office in our state to make sure we're all ok," O'Rourke said in the interview with KLAQ's Buzz Adams.

Reacting Thursday to O'Rourke's comments, Abbott dismissed O'Rourke's views as too liberal for many voters in the state.

Abbott told reporters at an oil and gas forum in Odessa that if voters want open borders, gun restrictions and a loss of oil jobs - then O'Rourke is their candidate.

"So you're talking about a person who says they want to run for governor, who said heck yes, he's gonna come and take your guns. Heck yes, he's for open borders. Heck yes, he is for killing the energy sector and fossil fuels in the state of Texas. I don't think that's going to sell real well," Abbott said.

O'Rourke's last bid in a statewide election saw him narrowly lose to Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in 2018. The race marked the closest a Democrat had come to winning a senate seat in Texas in roughly 40 years.

You can listen to O'Rourke's entire interview, which covered a variety of political topics - the last of which was his interest in the governor's office, in the video player at the top of this article.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



      1. Jeff Allen the smile pervert. No wonder pedos are your kind. You almost a foot in the grave and still talking about sodomy. Yuck. Dispicable.

    1. Governor betito? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! What’s the matter? Couldn’t get hired as dog catcher? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha? That’s as funny as going forward is funny looking in her striped pjs. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    1. Sure, as we see the destruction of the demoKKKrat party by senile biden. The puppet being instructed by obumer. You will never learn will you comrade turner.

    2. We have a Governor out of touch, we have one Senator who is a traitor, and another whose only goal is to do nothing and stay out of the line of fire. We need Republicans who know where they are and who will distance themselves from the disastrous Trump presidency and actively work for ordinary Texans instead of oil company executives.

      1. You have a corrupt prez in office bending to the communists and selling out American and all you want to say is the boogy man Republicans. Comrade turner your change of names does not change your real ridiculous analogy of what really happened in history. Oil company executives? They didn’t lose their jobs you pompous fool. It’s the ordinary worker that lost everything at a stroke of a crayon by your fool senile biden.

  1. Maybe Madmike and his 6 friends can go to the spa and hold each other’s di$&ks. Cry on how this is not your country. Lol. Never was idiots. Pero los hispanos son la malloria!!!!!!! Arriba!!!

  2. Beto- do you think that El Paso would have been better off if we completely shut down the border? What would you have done differently? Now, that the NY AG says that Cuomo underreported nursing home deaths by 50%, who would you say handled the covid crisis better? Now that Biden is president and is now following what Trump was already doing, what would you change? Would you just keep everything shut down forever? How about schools? Small businesses? No more b.s. about how bad someone else did something- tell us exactly what you would do and how you would do it.

    1. Unfortunately you are preaching to the choir. Of course you’re correct. But understand biden is not the prez. Obama has his strings and playing him like the puppet he is. The scientists just came up with a new name for biden. Senileinis bidenes idiotness.

  3. Abbott already has the MAJORITY BACKING just by saying 2ND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY STATE!!! BUTTHOLE BOBBIE isn’t coming to take away shit! Btw.. fero LOSER… E S and D!

      1. The only real gullible fools are those that were enticed by Trump the con. Lol. I mean look in the mirror and tell yourself…..we are stupid. Lol.

    1. Hey fero/ ZERO.. DON’T CARE WHAT IT MEANS! I doubt any of your kind does either, if they are ass stupid ass YOU! POChit!!!! E S and D! Tijuana Donkey Sucker!

      1. Wow……. nadodave showing his true colors. She’s your VP. Say what ever you want. Melanin was the real one. Stripper. But it doesn’t surprise me, y’all accept that in your family. All strippers are white.

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