When Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced that he will be running for the 2020 Presidential race, it was his policies on allowing felon voting and carbon reduction which separated him from the crowd of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
And seeing the fund he raised, it was expected that the 2020 elections would witness a fever of #Betomania. But after four democratic debates and numerous polls, O’Rourke failed to live to the expectations of the voters.
His campaign went off track as it was unable to raise more funds and instead, amassed criticism, mainly for his stern views on gun control methods, especially after the El-Paso and Dayton mass shooting.
Also, the lack of funds made him to chose between further advertising for his campaign or provide salary to his campaign aides, providing him with one of many reasons to end his presidential campaign.
Also, amongst other reasons for the failure of O’Rourke in the 2020 presidential race was the stiff competition he faced from Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
The openly gay, millennial and a veteran of Afghanistan, Buttigieg not only confronted but annihilated O’Rourke over seizure of assault rifles during the fourth democratic debate in Ohio and that took him down the hill.
However, that was not the case in the early months of his presidential campaign as his $5 trillion plan on tackling change got many to turn their head as he was the first to address the already worsening situation, determined to work on its resolution. This stance got him in the good books of many climate activists like ‘Oil Change US’.
On the other hand, O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential race was also impacted by his fight within the party, especially with New York Democratic Sen. and Senate Minority leader, Chuck Schumer.
Even though he was advocating for stricter gun control laws and criticizing Schumer, since he was the architect of the gun control laws in the 1990s, O’Rourke could have done it better.
His statement of Senate Minority leader accomplishing “absolutely nothing” on gun control, did not help him gain much popularity and instead backfired for him as the within party fight was viewed as weak point for him by many.
Furthermore, Schumer’s statement claiming him to have no support on his stance of introducing laws, forcing the gun owners to surrender certain firearms, did hit one of the final nails in the coffin of his 2020 presidential race.
Although Beto O’Rourke introduced many outstanding policies, it was his open and frank stance on gun control laws, and struggle within the party that led to his failure in the presidential race. Also, the increasing support for Warren and Sanders amongst the masses did attract many of his supporters and maybe even fundraisers to their campaign, instead of O’Rourke’s.
Whatever be the case, with the exit of Beto O’Rourke from the 2020 Presidential race, weeks before the fifth Democratic debate, one thing is pretty evident – the presidential race is becoming more and more intense.