During an appearance at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) challenger made his stance clear on the issue of gun rights.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said not only has he taken $0 from the National Rifle Association, but he also wants to ban the AR-15 and does not care how that stance polls with voters:
“Not having a pollster, not having a consultant, not focus group testing, anything allows me to say to [a voter] there is no reason that an AR-15 — a weapon of war designed for the sole purpose of taking lives as effectively and as efficiently, and in as great as number possible — should be sold to civilians to be used in our schools, in our churches, in our concerts, in public life in this country.”
“I have no idea how that polls,” he added. “And I could give a s**t what the NRA thinks about it because it's the right thing to do.”
O'Rourke was not the only person who made bold claims about Texas politics during South by Southwest.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he believes the entire state of Texas can turn “blue.”
“If you in Texas are prepared to work hard, stand up, fight back, go out to your neighbors, talk to those people who voted for [President Donald] Trump, make sure that every friend you have, and family member that you have, comes out and votes — yeah, I believe that Texas can go blue,” Sanders said.