Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday on CNN that he does not want President Joe Biden to campaign for him because it is “not going to be about Joe Biden.”
O’Rourke supported Biden in 2020, but the president’s low poll numbers may be leading the Texas Democrat contender to avoid close associations.
“This campaign in Texas is not going to be about Joe Biden. It’s not going to be about Donald Trump,” O’Rourke said.
“It’s not going to be about anyone from outside of our state. This is going to be about the people of Texas and what the people of Texas want,” he added.
Beto O’Rourke said his campaign for the highest office in Texas is “not going to be about anyone from outside of our state.”https://t.co/O05Vm8Tanz
— CNN (@CNN) November 22, 2021
When later pressed on the issue in the interview, O’Rourke added, ” There’s no other politician or person outside of the state who can help change the course of this election for better or worse.”
O’Rourke also doubled down on his earlier support of limiting Second Amendment rights, including “taking away” AR-15s and AK-47 rifles from citizens.
The Democrat hopeful will face tough competition from current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott who has led Texas as one of the top economies in the nation throughout the pandemic.