Democrat O’Rourke Drops out of 2020 Presidential Race

Democrat Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the crowded 2020 U.S. presidential race on Friday, saying it had become clear his campaign did not have the resources to continue to seek his party’s nomination.

“My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country,” O’Rourke wrote in a post that he shared on Twitter.

A former Texas congressman, O’Rourke was struggling to qualify for the next Democratic debate after months of poor showings in opinion polls and lackluster fundraising.

O’Rourke, 47, who became a Democratic rock star after almost winning a U.S. Senate seat in Texas in 2018, is not expected to run for the Senate next year, although party leaders are expected to urge him to run.

“We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever she or he is,” O’Rourke’s Twitter post said.

His withdrawal leaves 17 Democratic contenders for the nomination to run against the Republican president.

After a gunman at a Walmart store killed 22 people in August in his home city of El Paso, O’Rourke shifted the focus of his campaign to gun control, traveling not only to early primary states but areas where previous massacres had taken place.

Coming from the Texas border city, O’Rourke was also one of the most unrelenting critics of Trump, especially over his plans to build a border wall and his immigration policies.

“We took the boldest approach to gun safety in American history; we confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he’s encouraged against communities that don’t look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country,” O’Rourke said in an email to supporters shortly after announcing he was quitting the race.

Reacting to the news of O’Rourke’s withdrawal, Trump tweeted on Friday: “Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was “born for this.” I don’t think so!”

In March, when O’Rourke launched his campaign, he was quoted in a Vanity Fair profile as saying: “I’m just born to be in it.”

(Reporting by Amanda Becker and Tim Reid; Editing by Sandra Maler, Grant McCool and Sonya Hepinstall)

Responses

  1. Beto, brainless Beto…I guess he thinks MS-13, organized crime, street gangs & other criminals will line up to give THEIR guns to the cops. SURRRRE they will, uh-huh!

    Beto is an idiot. A coupla old but true sayings;

    When seconds count, cops are only minuets away.
    If guns are criminalized & confiscated, only criminals will have guns.
    It takes a hero with a gun to stop a criminal who is using one.

    SamFox

  2. Well, his disservice is over. May he rest in agony, the anti-Constitution fool.

  3. Beta’s campaign was like kicking a dead frog and claiming to make it jump. He had NOTHING. He is a stupid person who’s only achievements were by being born into privilege and marrying wealth.

    1. Re: Beto O’Rourke “He had NOTHING.” I Ching

      Actually, he had SOMETHING, at first, but then he got a lot of bad advice. I wonder if learned from his mistakes.

      He was one of the first candidates to run on a no-corporate-PAC platform, while fund-raising. It is a brilliant strategy used by Bernie, too, and it worked well for him! This was even before the Justice Democrats formed. If he had stuck to that principle and not strayed and started taking oil money, he would likely still be in this race.

      He used to be a supporter of M4A. Then he wavered and it became Medicare for somebody. If he had stuck to his original plan, he likely would still be in this race.

      Kamala Harris has the same problems. She is wishy-washy, so nobody can be sure of where she stands on issues anymore. She is also barely in the race.

      Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has consistently been beating his same drums decade after decade. The people have caught on and he is in the lead.

      There are lessons to be learned here.

  4. Ahhh….dirt-eating, pretend-Hispanic Beta, when he was actually a wealthy, privileged white boy. (not that Hispanics cannot be wealthy or privileged. q.v. A-Rod, J-Lo)

    I wonder how he’ll be treated by the DNC now that he blurted out their agenda of “Bienvenidos Illegals” and confiscating private property, i.e. guns, while trampling the 2nd and 4th amendments.

    The party elders knew NEVER to admit their true agenda. Too bad Beta didn’t read the script, but at least he was honest in admitting their intent.

  5. Well he shot off his mouth many times on gun confiscation and ended up shooting himself in the foot. This looser shouldn’t ever dabble in politics again. Now which Leftist looser will the DNC circle wagons around? Careful, those Radio Flyers can easily be dented and don’t offer much cover.

  6. Hahahahaha hahahahaha good no one needs him hahahahaha

  7. Ha, was he addressing the last 5 lunatics who were still supporting him in this farewell speech?!

  8. There were 18 in the bed and the little one said “roll over, roll over”
    So they all rolled over and Beta fell out
    There were 17 in the bed and harsh reality said
    “Next!”

    1. Still hilarious, but I’m waiting for a many more vacancies in that bed.

      Even a king-size could not accommodate the wannabe-Commies still “trying” especially now that the Moderates have dropped out. The Butt may be the last one remaining and he’s still too far-left.

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