Beto O’Rourke Says Texas Governor Campaign Won’t Be About Biden, President Criticizes Over Immigration

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Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate, said on Sunday that his campaign for governor of Texas is not about President Biden before going on to criticize the president’s “lack of urgency” on immigration.

O’Rourke, who announced his bid for governor on Monday, was questioned during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on whether to invite Biden to campaign for him in Texas.

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“This Texas campaign will not be about Joe Biden, it will not be about Donald Trump, it will not be about anyone outside of our state,” O’Rourke said. “This is about the people of Texas and what the people of Texas want.”

Democrat Beto O'Rourke, Center, Claps For Supporters During A Campaign Break, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, In San Antonio.  O'Rourke Announced Monday That He Is Running For Governor Of Texas.  (Ap Photo/Eric Gay)

Democrat Beto O’Rourke, center, claps for supporters during a campaign break, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in San Antonio. O’Rourke announced Monday that he is running for governor of Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Anchor Dana Bash followed suit, asking if O’Rourke would prefer Biden not to campaign for him, amid polls showing only 35% of Texans support the president.

“I’m focused on Texas and my fellow Texans,” O’Rourke said. “Those are the people who are most important to me. There is no politician, there is no other person from outside this state who can help change the course of this election for better or for worse.”

However, Tim Murtaugh, former communications director for former President Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, wondered where O’Rourke’s campaign was getting support from.

“Where do his donations come from?” Murtaugh tweeted.

O’Rourke later criticized Biden on immigration when asked whether the president’s immigration policies were contributing to spikes on the southern border.

“I don’t think we’ve seen enough urgency when it comes to rewriting our immigration laws to meet the needs and realities we see, especially in our border communities,” O’Rourke said. “So, yes, we expect more from our president and those who represent us in Congress.”

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He then irradiated Texas Government Greg Abbott, in which he accused the Republican of using the southern border crisis “as a photo opportunity, scapegoating and vilifying immigrants.”

Biden’s government is tackling a massive crisis on the southern border since shortly after it came into operation. More than 1.7 million migrants were found in fiscal year 2021 and more than 192,000 migrants were found in September alone.

Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.

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