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Texas Newspaper Urges Beto To Drop Out Of The Presidential Race



One of the largest newspapers in Texas is urging former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) to drop out of the presidential race and try again to attain the U.S. Senate seat in the Lone Star state.

“Beto, if you’re listening: Come home,” The Houston Chronicle editorial board wrote on Saturday. “Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator. The chances of you winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.”

The editorial revealed that the former congressman’s blunt reaction to reporters in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in El Paso was a turning point in the campaign. At the time, O’Rourke was asked if it was possible for President Donald Trump to do anything “to make this any better.”

“Um, what do you think? You know the sh*t he’s been saying,” O’Rourke aggressively responded. “He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know. Like, members of the press – what the f*ck? It’s these questions that you know the answers to, I mean, connect the dots.”

While the Chronicle acknowledged that the language O’Rourke used is “not normally” considered presidential, the moment was unscripted and revealed his authenticity.

“There are times, it seems, in most presidential campaigns when the facades get stripped away like so many layers of paint,” the editorial board wrote. “What’s left is a human moment, usually fleeting, and not always flattering. But real – and often more telling than a season of advertisements.”

O’Rourke unsuccessfully ran to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018. Despite continuously trailing Cruz throughout the duration of their campaigns, the race tightened to a margin of single digits in the consistently red state. Speculation of O’Rourke’s entrance into the national political arena heightened after he began to advocate against policies popular in Texas such as gun ownership and border security.

“Frankly, it’s made us wish O’Rourke would shift gears,” the editorial board wrote. “Rather than unpause his presidential campaign, we’d like to see him take a new direction.”

O’Rourke has consistently been polling below 3% for the Democratic nomination to the presidency. If he opts to launch his own challenge to incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), however, he will be joining an already crowded Democratic primary field that is still taking shape.

Christina Tzintzún Ramirez, a Democratic organizer, became the seventh primary contender after she announced her bid for the seat on Monday.

Taking advantage of the groundwork O’Rourke laid during his previous Senate run, Tzintzún Ramirez has already hired key members of the Beto for Texas campaign, including his statewide field director, statewide deputy field director, distributed organizing director, and digital programing firm, reported the Dallas Observer.

Winning Texas’ 38 electoral college votes has long been a pipe dream for Democrats. The part has not won the state in a presidential race since former President Jimmy Carter ran in 1976.

Cornyn’s office did not respond to The Daily Wire’s request for comment.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  1. Gizzy

    August 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    He won’t beat Cruz! Not with his agenda!

  2. norman

    August 13, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Beto was a joke; his chances ranged from zero to none among the 24 mostly unqualified POTUS wannabes.

  3. Carrie

    August 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    No, please don’t. We don’t want you representing our state!

  4. Diana

    August 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    He is a big mouth disgusting human Unacceptable for any government office not even garbage pick I have to much respect for them, maybe dog shit pick up

  5. Disgusted

    August 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I agree with everyone that commented so far. Texas does not need him anywhere for anything. He first needs to grow up and even then I doubt that he is needed.

  6. Alice

    August 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    The Houston Chronicle is left wing garbage. I stopped my subscription years ago. Too many left wingers live in Houston now, and it’s run by demonRATS.

  7. Cynthia

    August 14, 2019 at 1:05 am

    The Houston Chrinicle is nothing but a piece of left wing crappy propaganda and bias. Over the years I lost interest in the Chronicle but officially gave up on it when they went after our police force in early 2016 then followed that with their their blatant attack against anything and anyone Trump related. The bias against our police force was absolutely sickening.

    The last thing Texas needs is a jackass like Beto in the senate, let alone as president. The guy is a lying socialist and wants to tear down ALL OF THE WALLS. El Paso is Beto’s city that he bragged about how safe it was. I have news for you BOZO, a mass shooting can happen any where and for any reason while having absolutely nothing to do with Trump.

    Quit running your filthy mouth and disappear. Better yet go to your beloved Mexico and take the evil Obummer and the rest of the dumbass socialists with you.

  8. FRED

    August 14, 2019 at 1:10 am

    ahh keep on running,,, we like to watch the clowns at the circus,,,,,,

  9. James

    August 14, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I’m a TEXAN and No TEXAS does not need or want beto.

  10. Madeleine

    August 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    He needs 4 years in the army. Overgrown spoilt brat with no manners and very little honesty or intelligence. Also clearly displays anti authority tendencies from his teenage years.Look at the mouth, temper and sulky

  11. Jim

    August 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    PLEASE don’t run for Senator. He was a total failure as a Congressman, so what makes you think he could be a Senator? Talk about a FAKE and FLAKE. Beto is one.

  12. The Deano

    August 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Go away Beta boy! Texas does not need your sniveling phony ass. Go flip burgers at Dairy Queen.

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