Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE acknowledged on Sunday that he’s benefitted from certain advantages throughout his life as a white man, but that he does not view that as a disadvantage in the 2020 race.
“I would never begin by saying I’m at any disadvantage at all,” O’Rourke said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on or take for granted, I’ve clearly had advantages over the course of my life,” he continued. “I think recognizing that and understanding that others have not, doing everything I can to ensure that there is opportunity and the possibility for advancement and advantage for everyone is a big part of this campaign and a big part of the people who comprise this campaign.”
O’Rourke praised the diversity in background and experience of the field of candidates seeking the Democratic 2020 in nomination before noting that he brings some qualities that others don’t.
The El Paso Democrat noted that he’s the only candidate running from the U.S.-Mexico border area and the only one who ran for state office in a traditionally Republican state.
“So there are some things, perhaps, that, you know, will be different about this candidacy, from the candidacy of others,” he said. “If that’s better, if that’s worse, I don’t know. I leave it to the voters to decide.”
O’Rourke launched his presidential campaign last week, ending months of speculation and joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), among others, in seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
O’Rourke served three terms in Congress before an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) last year.
He drew criticism upon launch of his campaign for his comments that his wife, Amy, raises their children “sometimes” with his help. O’Rourke has pledged to be more mindful about how he talks about his family.
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