Beto O’Rourke is officially running for governor of Texas, but has made it clear that he wants President Joe Biden not to interfere in his campaign.
CNN asked O’Rourke in an interview, “Would you like the president to come and campaign with you?”
“This campaign in Texas will not be about Joe Biden. It won’t be about Donald Trump. It won’t be about anyone from outside our state. This is going to be about the Texans and what the Texans want,” O’Rourke said.
“My focus is on Texas and my fellow Texans. Those are the most important people to me. No politician, no other person from outside this state can help change the course of this election, for better or for worse,” he added.
O’Rourke fought the odds as a Democrat in Texas. He was beaten of Texas Republican Ted Cruz in 2018 for the US Senate seat. He then had a short run as the 2020 presidential candidate, but dropout in November 2019.
His decision to stay away from Biden comes as no surprise given the president’s approval ratings fell sharply and Biden’s support doesn’t do much for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who, earlier this month, lost to Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin in Virginia.
“58% of Americans say President Joe Biden has not paid enough attention to the nation’s most important issues, as a majority disapprove of the way he’s handled his job as President, ” CNN reported on November 8, after its release poll.
The CNN poll also found that 36% of Americans are concerned about the economy, and of that group, 72% think Biden has overlooked important issues. Nearly 6 in 10 also said they don’t think Biden has the right priorities.
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Although Biden’s electoral votes nationally are being affected, in Texas he is facing even more widespread opposition.
According to the latest information Texas Tribune / University of Texas Exploration, only 35 percent of Texans approved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, with 55 percent disagreeing.
One big problem Biden has in Texas is immigration. As a border state with ongoing immigration issues, this has always been an important issue for Texans.
Daron Shaw, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, points to polls showing Biden’s particular weakness on border security and immigration as contributing to his drop in popularity in Texas.
Only 22 percent of Texans approve of his border processing and immigration problem, and 63 percent disagree.
“It’s emblematic of the view that the Biden administration is deaf and doesn’t really solve the problem and is pretty confused,” Shaw told the Texas Tribune.
“Biden’s ratings are bleak on immigration and border security,” Shaw said.
O’Rourke’s reluctance over Biden’s intervention is natural because O’Rourke himself hasn’t polled very well.
As one poll from the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler show, Abbott clearly has the support of voters. 45% said they would vote for Abbott, just 39% for O’Rourke and 16% would vote someone else.
O’Rourke is even less favored than the actor Matthew McConaughey, who is most likely a hypothetical candidate at this point.
Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote for McConaughey over O’Rourke. Only 27% said they would vote for O’Rourke, and another 19% said they would vote for someone else.
O’Rourke faced an uphill battle in Texas. Texas is not known for supporting members of its own party, so it will be an uphill battle for the twice-defeated Democrats.
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