Beto O’Rourke Re-Enters the 2020 Race With Maddow Interview: ‘I Recognize That I Can Do a Better Job’

Beto O'Rourke Rachel Maddow

After a thundering entrance into the 2020 field that included a record-breaking fundraising haul, Beto O’Rourke has struggled with slipping poll numbers, so he changed his strategy Monday night by doing two things that feel like firsts in his campaign: putting on a jacket and appearing in a TV studio for a prime-time interview.

“I recognize that I can do a better job, also, of talking to a national audience beyond the town halls we are having,” O’Rourke told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

Since his launch, he’s been doing town halls at a blistering pace, but while he’s crisscrossing the nation, other candidates have been getting more attention.

Among other things, O’Rourke pitched himself as a candidate who can tempt and turn Republican voters.

“Texas and its 38 Electoral College votes have been unlocked,” he told Maddow.

Watch the video below:

O’Rourke had a lot of success working coffee shops and town halls during his Senate race, in which he was narrowly defeated by Ted Cruz. During that race, he also carried his supporters on an almost constant livestream that captured a few authentic moments. However, that grassroots campaign style hasn’t translated to the presidential race quite so smoothly.

The Texan’s new style definitely puts him in front of a lot more in-studio cameras. On Tuesday, he is appearing on “The View” for the first time. A few of the other 2020 candidates have already made appearances on that show. O’Rourke will also do a CNN town hall next week, which has been able to boost multiple campaigns, most notably Pete Buttigieg‘s.

After a strong early showing, O’Rourke has fallen to sixth in the RealClearPolitics polling average. Former Vice President Joe Biden has a stranglehold on the field, leading Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by over 20 points. But the primary elections are still several long months away.

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James
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Bozo did suspend his campaign for a while to go home and help the family look for their lost pet turtle. Maybe the turtle had an opportunity to escape Bozo’s BS and hit the road.

I’m surprised Bozo hasn’t asked to be dropped off of the clown car as yet. He’s long overdue for a trip back to El Paso to illegally help the Alien Invaders avoid ICE and deportation.

banstan
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“Since his launch, he’s been doing town halls at a blistering pace.” ALL with an average attendance in the teens. You sure know how to pick a winner, alex.

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