Pelosi Fumbles When Asked to Name 2020 Hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s ‘Signature Accomplishment’ in Congress

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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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.

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).

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Signature accomplishment?

Do you mean taking the most oil & gas donor money while in the 2018 House? (Cruz took the most in the Senate.)

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