Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to stumble through her answer when asked about former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) “signature accomplishment” in Congress.
While speaking to the press on Thursday, Pelosi was asked what she thought was O’Rourke’s “signature accomplishment” during his three-term tenure as a member of the House of Representatives.
The speaker seemed to struggle to name an accomplishment from O’Rourke — who served in Congress from 2013 to January of this year — and instead opted to say that the former Texas representative “brought a great deal of vitality” with him “to Congress.”
“When he came, he came as a real champion for the environment,” Pelosi added. “He got a great deal of support for the environmental community in his district.”
The California Democrat added that O’Rourke was “strong member of the Armed Services Committee” and remarked that — in addition to his “vitality” — “there were at least two areas” O’Rourke had an impact on in the House: “preserving our planet and protecting our people.”
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi can’t name a single accomplishment Beto O’Rourke had while he was in the House of Representatives pic.twitter.com/TtzLoUpmJq
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 14, 2019
Pelosi did have an accomplishment from O’Rourke’s tenure in Congress she could have mentioned, though: one of the 65 bills (excluding bill amendments, House resolutions, and joint resolutions) of which O’Rourke was the original sponsor was signed into law.
That bill was HR 5873 from the 114th Congress, which renamed a courthouse in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Texas.
O’Rourke announced his candidacy for president on Thursday, posting an announcement video to his Twitter account.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
He joined a fast-growing Democratic primary and will have to face off against roughly a dozen other candidates for the right to challenge President Donald Trump as the Democratic nominee. O’Rourke will have to contend against big names, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as well as his former House colleague, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).