Beto O & # 39; Rourke defended his charity day on Wednesday and stated after his tax return that he had given the least of all Democratic presidential candidates, saying he gave in ways that are measurable and ways that are not specified.
O & # 39; Rourke said that he and Amy had given money to charities and noted that his wife and daughter Molly served dinner on Wednesday evening at the Annunciation House in El Paso, a reception center for migrants crossing the US-US border. Mexico passed.
& # 39; Amy and I have made every effort to provide our community in a way that is measurable and specified in our tax deduction, in ways that we have not listed – where we have given it but have not explained it & # 39; , he told journalists. a house party in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday afternoon.
Beto O & Rourke defended his charity issue after his tax returns showed he gave the least of all Democratic presidential candidates
Beto O & Rourke greets homeowner Tammy Kaufax with a bouquet of flowers when he arrives for a campaign stop in her backyard in Alexandria, Va
O & # 39; Rourke his wife Amy and daughter Molly would serve dinner on Wednesday evening at the Annunciation House in El Paso, a reception center for migrants; the three can be seen together in March at the South by Southwest festival in Austin
O & # 39; Rourke, a former member of Congress, said he did not specify all his contributions because he never thought he would release his tax return as a presidential candidate.
& # 39; I didn't think I'd release my tax return. I did not think I was going to run for president, & he said.
He then offered a multitude of examples of non-financial contributions that he and his family made.
& # 39; Amy and Molly serve dinner tonight in the Annunciation shelter. I spent my Christmas Eve there in El Paso, & he commented.
He then continued to mention his government service, including his time in the El Paso City Council, his six congress conditions, and his failed Texas Senate campaign in 2018.
"I served in public life," he said, adding "two years on the path through Texas and now giving everything in my life to this opportunity to serve my country." So I try to contribute and serve in every possible way and that's why my answer to your question about our contributions and why the IRS tell about some contributions and not about others. & # 39;
O & # 39; Rourke was fired after a Washington Post analysis revealed that he donated $ 1,166 in charity in 2017, the smallest amount in the democratic presidential field. O & # 39; Rourke and his wife Amy had a combined income of $ 370,412 in 2017.
He also promised during a town hall that he will not attack his Democratic rivals or & # 39; demean & # 39; on the campaign.
O & # 39; Rourke came under fire from a few democratic strategists in his senate race against Ted Cruz because he had not attacked his Republican rival enough. O & # 39; Rourke came in three points from beating Cruz in a race that raised his name to presidential candidate levels.
R & rourke told a crowd of supporters at the Crowne Plaza in Alexandria, Virginia that if he didn't win the nomination, he would eventually support a democrat who did, in the joint attempt to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 .
& # 39; I will not do anything to humiliate or humiliate a Democratic presidential candidate, because next summer we will all find a candidate to defeat Donald Trump, & # 39; O & # 39; Rourke told the crowd who cheered him loudly.
About 500 people were ready to cheer him up with another 200 outside, listening to his comments about a speaker.
O & # 39; Rourke also dropped an obscenity, making the crowd laugh.
Four and a half year old Harold Wright asked him if he liked a laser game. O & # 39; Rourke told him yes
Another supporter brought her pomeranian to O & # 39; Rourke
O & # 39; Rourke did a two-day campaign through Virginia
& # 39; Seriously after all s *** that happens, & # 39; he said, and then quickly said & # 39; things that happen & # 39; while the crowd roared with laughter.
& # 39; This microphone is not working & # 39 ;, he joked.
O & # 39; Rourke is on a two-day campaign swing through Virginia, the first Democratic presidential contender to make a stop in the purple state.
He has made stops in Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, Henrico, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Alexandria and Prince William and Fairfax Counties.
He targeted about 150 people at a house party in Alexandria on Wednesday afternoon and then posed for photos with all attendees.
O & # 39; Rourke drove himself in his characteristic mini van, which he famously and stormed on Facebook during the 2016 senate campaign, making him a national star.
He struggled to navigate out of the ride way, but pulled it out on his second attempt.
But the former congressman received loud cheers and a warm welcome when he came across the back garden on a sunny spring day just outside the country's capital.
He also had a few fun moments that was the candidate's experience on the campaign path.
Four and a half year old Harold Wright asked him if he liked a laser game. O & # 39; Rourke told him yes.
R & rourke also said he would consider doing a town hall for Fox News
Beto O & Rourke with his wife Amy and children Ulysses, Henry and Molly at his kickoff rally campaign in El Paso, Texas, in March
And another supporter brought her Pomeranian to him.
R & rourke also said he would consider doing a town hall for Fox News.
Bernie Sanders & Monday City Hall meeting record records for Fox News. In addition to the high audience, the senator scored a viral moment and earned a critical tweet from President Donald Trump.
& # 39; Yes, there is a chance, & # 39; said R & Rourke when Fox News asked him about doing a town hall.
& # 39; Yes, I have not done any town halls with one of the cable networks, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We are thinking about how we can best reach as many people as possible. I am open to all cable providers. Just have to think about what makes sense. & # 39;
& # 39; I want to reach everyone everywhere, regardless of, you know, their party or their geography or the cable channel they watch, so we have an interest in making sure it is MSNBC, CNN or Fox ; he said to add that it is & # 39; something that I have done historically in the past, something that I would like to do in the future & # 39 ;.
O & # 39; Rourke has spent a steady stream of personal appearances, all streamed on his Facebook page, to make contact with voters. It is the same strategy with which he used his senate race.
His campaign praised his number of stops in his first month on the campaign track: 23 days on the road; 3,791 miles driven, 83 events held throughout the country and 11 states visited.