Beto O’Rourke BAN Very Unpopular Biden And Kamala From Helping His Texas Governor
Texan Democrat Beto O’Rourke said he is not interested in helping President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris in his bid to become the next governor of the Lone Star state as the pair continue to struggle with steep declines. polls.
O’Rourke broadly rejected getting help from a “national politician” during a news conference Friday where he was asked if he would like the president to campaign for him ahead of November’s gubernatorial election.
“I’m not interested in a national politician — someone outside of Texas — coming to this state to help decide the outcome of this,” the former US representative said. Dallas Morning News.
“I think we all want to make sure that here in Texas we’re working together, listening to each other and voting with each other.”
The military veteran, who previously made unsuccessful bids for the US Senate in 2018 and president in 2020, is campaigning to oust incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
While he sidestepped naming Biden or any other national Democrat, O’Rourke took a veiled chance at his party’s failure to pass federal voting laws last week.
“No one in Washington DC can help us with the challenges we have right now. This one is for all of us,’ he said.
He vowed to fight for the US election himself, promising that his campaign would contact 2 million Texas voters during the month of February to discuss how the state’s new election security law is affecting their vote.
O’Rourke made the remarks at a news conference Friday after being asked whether he would accept Biden’s help in his bid to overthrow Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott.
O’Rourke’s rejection comes as both Biden and Harris started the new year with the same poor approval ratings that plagued much of their first year as the country’s leader.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s daily Biden popularity tracker, an average of 42.3 percent of voters in multiple surveys approve of their office job.
His average disapproval, more than 50 percent since October, is 53.4 percent.
Harris does even worse in terms of approval, with a NBC News poll released on Sunday, with 32 percent of respondents viewing her somewhat or very positively.
However, she seems to have fewer opponents than her boss, with only 49 percent rating Harris somewhat or very negatively.
A Fox news Research released Sunday shows that 60 percent of voters would support someone other than Biden if the next presidential election were held today.
It is indicative of Democrats’ concern that Kamala Harris and Joe Biden’s low approval ratings could negatively affect the party as a whole
Biden’s unpopularity already threatens to reduce Democrats’ chances of maintaining or expanding their slim majority in Congress in November. Multiple polls indicate Republicans are taking back control of both chambers for the last two years of Biden’s tenure.
O’Rourke likely wants to avoid a similar path to leftist powerhouse Terry McAuliffe, who had Biden and Harris aid in his bid for a second term as Virginia governor in the final leg of the race.
The last time Biden and Harris ran in a state election, McAuliffe lost to political newcomer Republican Glenn Youngkin in November 2021.
McAuliffe, who was initially seen as the likely winner before Youngkin leapt forward in the polls in the final months of the race, had taken the podium alongside the president and vice president after winning Virginia by 10 points in 2020.
But even then, he had secretly tried to distance himself from the White House, telling supporters in a video call in October, “We have a lot of headwind from Washington, as you know. The president is unfortunately unpopular here in Virginia today, so we have to plow through.”
O’Rourke appears to be trying to avoid a similar path to former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (left), who lost his second-term bid to political newcomer Glenn Youngkin, despite help from Biden and Harris
McAuliffe had pinned his hopes on passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill at the White House, which Biden signed into law less than two weeks after McAuliffe lost.
He had put a lot of weight on the Democrats who passed Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which was held up by progressives who wanted to tie it to their bid to pass the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill.
Biden signed the bill less than two weeks after McAuliffe’s stunning loss.
O’Rourke seems hesitant to repeat a similar result by publicly distancing himself from his own voter turnout attempts to Washington’s failure to approve federal election reform.
Texas’s new law is linked to hundreds of mail-in ballots that were recently rejected. The state deadline to register to vote by mail in the upcoming election is February 18.
Among other changes, it forces voters to provide either a Texas State ID number or part of their Social Security number on the application. It also makes sending unsolicited ballots in the mail a crime and does not allow residents to poll for anyone but themselves.