2020 presidential primary candidate and former Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) said that he was “not disappointed” about his campaign after taking a nosedive in the polls following a strong start.
While giving an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” O’Rourke — who lost to Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after his 2018 Senate campaign raised nearly $80 million — was asked on whether he was “disappointed” with his how his campaign seemed to be “sputtering” after he did well in the get-go of the race.
O’Rourke said that he was “not disappointed” that his campaign seemed to be falling behind the other people in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination because it is a “long, hard-fought campaign” made up of “extraordinary people.” He claimed his campaign’s success will not be measured “in just one media cycle or in a couple of months.”
“We’re not gonna be able to accomplish this in just one media cycle or in a couple of months. It’s a long, hard-fought campaign.” pic.twitter.com/pms8V5T7in
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 2, 2019
“I’m not disappointed. I knew this was going to be tough. This is perhaps one of the hardest things someone can do. But there are so many extraordinary people and these volunteers that are showing up, knocking on doors, making phone calls for us. The folks that I meet at town hall meetings all over this country, who meet this moment with the urgency this moment demands. […] We won’t be able to accomplish this in just one media cycle or in a couple months. It’s a long, hard-fought campaign.”
O’Rourke faces a rather large Democratic primary field with 23 participants that includes many big names, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The former Texas congressman recently polled outside of the top five in a Morning Consult survey, putting him with just 4 percent of the Democratic primary voters surveyed. This puts him behind Biden, Sanders, and Warren as well as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.).