Beto O'Rourke regrets Vanity Fair campaign launch

Democratic Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke was once again mocked online for posting a 20 minute Facebook live video of himself getting a haircut Wednesday morning.

One adviser says O'Rourke has entered an intentional "quiet period" lately, concentrating on building out campaign infrastructure. "I'm looking at the competition". Own it. Do not apologize for having a very rich father-in-law.

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During an appearance on the ABC's "The View", the former Texas congressman addressed the criticism he faced for telling Vanity Fair that he was "born to be in" the 2020 race. Do not apologize for being white. "I think the context of that, which makes sense and is the way that I feel is that I'm born to serve". Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O'Rourke has struggled in the presidential primary among national Democrats (most of whom are considerably more popular with voters than Cruz).

"I hope that I'm continuing to do better over time".

Democrats, both in 2016 and this year, have made much of hypothetical situations in which President Donald Trump might refuse to accept the results of an election if he lost. On The View, O'Rourke vowed to compete with campaign heavyweights like Former Vice President Joe Biden by focusing a grassroots campaign on direct voter engagement in key states like Iowa.

O'Rourke announced that he'd signed up a no-donation-over-$200 pledge from coal and oil-and-gas company executives and outside political groups.

"You're right, there are things that I have been privileged to do in my life that others can not, and I think the more that I travel and listen to people and learn from them, the clearer that becomes to me", O'Rourke said, citing gender inequities like wage discrimination as an example.

In a 2020 Democratic primary field that's now awash in candidates each looking for a way to claim the mantle of "most progressive", it's unclear precisely where O'Rourke would fall.

"In the article I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling was in public service", O'Rourke added, elaborating on the quote in the magazine article where he inferred he was born to be president.