Beto O’Rourke first acquired a national reputation when he gave Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) a scare in Cruz’ 2018 Senatorial reelection campaign. That near-miss challenge launched O’Rourke into Presidential politics. But O’Rourke announced last week that he has pulled out: that “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or the nominee,” of the Democratic Party after all.
O’Rourke has been campaigning for the nomination since March of this year. Yet despite some glowing press, including a cover story in Vanity Fair, he never caught on among the Democratic “base.”
In the final stages of his campaign he had sought to identify himself with the cause of gun control, perhaps in part as an effort to jazz up a failing fundraising effort, but certainly in some part as a personal reaction to the August 3 shooting spree at a Walmart in O’Rourke’s hometown, El Paso. The shooting, allegedly perpetrated by Patrick Crucius, and motivated by Crucius’ anti-Mexico hatred, killed 20 people.
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One of the most dramatic clips of the campaign, O’Rourke declaring to gun owners, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AR-47,” may now go down in history as a good example of how one does not become President of the United States.