Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke told reporters Friday that he was “not interested” in President Joe Biden’s help in running for Republican governor Greg Abbott.
Asked whether he would ask Biden for help during his tenure, O’Rourke told reporters on Friday that he did not want Biden or anyone else in Washington to interfere in the campaign. Dallas Morning News.
“I’m not interested in any national politician – outside of Texas – coming to this state to help resolve that outcome,” O’Rourke said. “I think we all want to make sure we work with each other in Texas, listen to each other, and vote.”
“At the moment, no one in Washington can help us with the problems we’re facing,” he said. “It belongs to all of us.”
O’Rourke cited recent congressional and Supreme Court rulings reviewing U.S. election law and the Texas Abortion Act as proof that Texas Democrats need to address this independently.
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O’Rourke’s comments were reportedly made during a press conference in Austin, where he said he would contact 2 million voters in February to teach them new voting laws.
Former Congressman O’Rourke announced his candidacy in November to remove Abbott from office after the failure of Senate and presidential candidates. His indifference to Biden’s support came at a time when the president’s approval ratings had plummeted, with a recent Quinnipiac poll showing 33% approving him.
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O’Rourke’s comments came less than two weeks after Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris did not appear clearly in their speeches on voting rights in their state. Abrams refused to participate, relying on “table conflict”.
Republicans stressed bad optics Abrams refused to meet with the President of the United States, but opposed the “false rumors” that he and his office did not want to see him. They did not elaborate on the reasons for the discrepancy in his schedule.