Beto O’Rourke Says He’d Prefer To Have Female Running-Mate If He Wins Party Nomination
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic Party candidate running for president in 2020, spoke to reporters briefly on Saturday night in Dubuque, Iowa, about what kind of person he’d like to see become his running-mate should he secure the nomination.
O’Rourke’s preference? He’d like to see a woman on the ticket alongside him, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The three-time Congressman, who ran an unsuccessful yet very daring campaign to be Senator of his home state last fall against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, explained that his preference for a woman to run as vice president was based out of the fact that there are many great woman candidates already running for the top spot, per additional reporting from Political Wire.
“It would be very difficult not to select a woman with so many extraordinary women who are running right now. But first I would have to win and there’s — you know, this is as open as it has ever been,” O’Rourke added.
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But O’Rourke was quick to turn a modest corner in making his comments, noting that there’s an important step to achieve before he makes any decisions about who he’d run with — securing the nomination itself.
“It’s presumptuous for me to think about who I would select as a vice president,” O’Rourke explained. “Right now I’m seeking the nomination.”
O’Rourke does face some stiff competition, including from formidable female contenders who are running for the top spot against him in the primaries.
At least five women have already thrown their hats in the ring to run for the Democratic nomination against presumptive Republican nominee President Donald Trump. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have all said they intend to seek the party’s nomination as well, according to reporting from People.