“The campaign won’t be about anyone outside of our state,” said the Democrat, who hopes to oust Greg Abbott in 2022
Beto O’Rourke hopes to oust Greg Abbott as governor of Texas in 2022, despite some controversial views. In an interview on November 21, the former congressman delved into his campaign and highlighted his plans. Among the many interesting things O’Rourke said, one thing is sure to pique your interest – he doesn’t want President Joe Biden’s approval. O’Rourke made a very clear attempt to distance himself from the struggling president in a historic departure from tradition.
The president, along with Vice-President Kamala Harris, is facing historically low polls amid rumors of power struggles and frequent public slips. Although Biden won on the Infrastructure Act, he is still grappling with an economic crisis and a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Why O’Rourke doesn’t want a Biden endorsement
In the face of chaos, Democrats are forced to strike a balancing act as the 2022 midterm elections are near. It is a significant departure from the Trump administration as the then president was widely courted ahead of major elections. Despite 16 Republicans losing their seats as a result, Trump continues to attract attention and demand support. But when it comes to Joe Biden there seems to be a slightly different playbook now.
Traditionally, candidates running for office do well when approved by the incumbent president. But Trump has completely turned this thinking on its head with his divisive politics and self-centered speeches. Biden has previously supported Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Gavin Newsom in California. Both men lost their campaigns. He also supported Melanie Ann Stansbury in her campaign to represent the first New Mexico Congressional District she won.
But with the 2-1 on the other hand, Biden doesn’t seem to be that popular with some in his party. Take O’Rourke, who is running for governor of Texas. In an interview with CNN on November 21, he said, “This campaign in Texas is not about Joe Biden, not about Donald Trump. It won’t be about anyone outside of our state. ”That was in response to whether he would welcome Biden to Texas for assistance. He continued: “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.”
While O’Rourke did not specifically say no or denounce Biden’s involvement, his testimony can be seen as a clear attempt to distance himself from the White House. Instead, O’Rourke is campaigning on Texas, not national politics, as McAuliffe attempted in Virginia. “So I’m traveling to every part of the state making sure nobody is written off and nobody is taken for granted and that we keep our focus on Texas,” he added.
The Texan faces an uphill battle to replace Abbott, who has made a name for himself by fighting the border crisis head-on and firmly opposed to vaccines, masks and other measures to contain Covid-19. While Texas has historically been a blue state, the GOP has gained a lot of foothold over the past three decades. Ann Richards was the last Democratic governor between 1991 and 1995. With history not on his side and support for the party crumbling across the country, O’Roruke faces an almost impossible task made difficult by Biden’s increasing popularity.