2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) flipped his stance on his primary opponent Sen. Cory Booker‘s (D-N.J.) gun license proposal quite literally overnight.
On Thursday in New Hampshire, O’Rourke told Fox News that he believed Booker’s proposal to mandate federal gun licenses for firearm owners “may be too far.”
“I don’t know that we need to take the additional step of licensing every single firearm to every single owner,” O’Rourke said at the time. “I think that may be too far.”
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2020 Watch-New: @BetoORourke -in NH- highlights his gun control proposals, but asked about @CoryBooker plan for federal licenses for gun owners, the candidate from Texas tells @foxnewspolitics “that may be too far” #NHPolitics #FITN #TXpoli #mapoli #2020presidentialelection pic.twitter.com/EFu3sbpn4q
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) May 10, 2019
Less than 24 hours later, the former congressman praised Booker for the idea, saying that the New Jersey senator “made an incredibly bold proposal that is commensurate with the crisis we see in this country.”
O’Rourke continued on, stating that 30,000 Americans “will lose their lives to gun violence this year.”
“I think [Booker’s] request of us that — in addition to those steps that I just talked about — we put everything on the table to make sure that we address this crisis with the urgency that it demands,” O’Rourke told WMUR. “I think he is to be commended for doing this. I think we should explore that idea.”
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After saying @CoryBooker's proposal for federal gun licensing "may be too far" @BetoORourke tells @WMUR9 on CloseUp: "I think he is to be commended for doing this. I think we should explore that idea." #FITN #nhpolitics #WMUR pic.twitter.com/VCrsJmxR9f
— Adam Sexton (@AdamSextonWMUR) May 10, 2019
O’Rourke defended his overnight flip to reporters in New London, New Hampshire, saying that he didn’t want to “disqualify” the idea from consideration just because “it is not politically feasible today.”
“And so you ask between last night and today: just some time, some reflection, and a desire to better understand his proposal and to see how we can work together to save the lives of the people we care about in this country,” he added.
On Thursday, O’Rourke’s campaign announced that it hired Jeff Berman, one of former President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign advisers for the former congressman’s White House bid.