Beto O’Rourke declines to say whether he wants Biden to campaign for him

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Former Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke, who announced Her bid for Texas governor earlier this month declined to say during a televised appearance on Sunday whether she wanted President Biden to campaign with her.

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Running news: O’Rourke shrugged off questions from CNN “State of the Union” host Dana Bash about the matter, saying that the campaign is not about “somebody outside our state”, and that “it Will be about the people of Texas”.

why it matters: Biden’s approval ratings have sunk in recent months, and O’Rourke’s reluctance to invite him may represent widespread fear among Democrats that engaging with the president could hurt his chances in 2022.


By numbers: one in Washington Post-ABC News Poll out last week, 51% Registered Voters Said that if there was a midterm today, they would vote for the GOP candidate in their district. 41% said Democrats.

  • Nearly half of those polled blamed Biden for rising inflation, and more than 6 in 10 said he hadn’t achieved much in his 10 months in office.

what is he saying:

Dana Bash: You campaigned for Joe Biden in 2020 – after your presidency ended. A recent survey shows that only 35% of Texans approve of her performance. Would you like the President to come and campaign with you?

O’Rourke: This campaign in Texas is not going to be about Joe Biden. It’s not going to be about Donald Trump. It’s not going to happen to anyone from outside our state.

It will be about the people of Texas and what the people of Texas want. And I told you, they want great things, like jobs, great schools, and making sure everyone can see a doctor. But they also want to see some merit in their government…

Bash: Does that mean you’d prefer not to come across what you just said?

O’Rourke: That means I’m focused on Texas and my fellow Texans. Those people are the most important to me. There is no politician, no other person from outside this state who can help change the course of this election, for better or for worse.

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