Democrat Congressman and senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is looking to close the gap on his Republican opponent, Senator Ted Cruz, by making one last minute, perhaps even desperate campaign move.
While O’Rourke is still trailing Cruz by anywhere between five and nine points in most major polling, he is looking to garner some extra support by taking a shot at President Trump.
As the Houston Chronicle reports, O’Rourke announced on national television that he would vote to impeach Trump, should he be voted into office. As the Democrat Party is vehemently against President Trump, this move could help motivate some people who were potentially on the fence to go to the polls.
From the report:
Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke told a national television audience Thursday night that he’d vote to impeach President Donald Trump and believes Texas can lead the way to a national embracing of relaxed immigration policies and gun control — unapologetically liberal positions that may be hard for some in his deep-red state to stomach.
O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman giving up his seat to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, had previously suggested that he’d support impeaching the president over alleged collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. But he went further while appearing at a CNN town hall from the U.S.-Mexico border town of McAllen, saying that even as members of Congress wait for more evidence to emerge during federal investigations, “I do think there’s enough there for impeachment.”
While Congresswoman Maxine Waters has frequently called for President Trump’s impeachment, the issue has remained mostly off the radar as Democrat Party leadership is quiet on the issue.
According to the report, Cruz subsequently called O’Rourke out on the issue and said he is probably the only Democrat candidate still favoring the idea of impeachment.
As O’Rourke is looking to become Texas’ first elected Democrat since 1993, he has found himself at times at odds with the Democrat Party. One issue, in particular, is his view on the Second Amendment and guns. He is a pro-gun Democrat but believes there should be some new gun control legislation offered forward to minimize gun violence.
Besides living in a border state, the Democrat stands opposed to Trump and Cruz’s view of immigration and a border wall, the Chronicle reports:
<O’Rourke said he opposed Trump’s proposed border wall and that Texas should be a national model in how to overhaul federal immigration policy in a humane way. He said he was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and Texas gun culture but added, “We lose 30,000 of our fellow Americans every year to gun violence.”
“Either there’s something wrong with us, something bad, something evil about the United States of America, or there’s a human solution to a human-caused problem,” he said to sustained applause. “The people of Texas should be able to lead the way on this conversation.”
The Democrat was recently endorsed by the former president of Mexico, which was undoubtedly perceived by conservatives and right-leaning independents as a reason not to vote for him.
Beto O’Rourke supporters can’t name any of his accomplishments. Sad. https://t.co/PYRvBhjzgW
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) October 20, 2018