Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who gained national attention with his failed 2018 Senate race, has announced that he is ending his Democratic presidential campaign.
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg sparred over O'Rourke's suggestion for a mandatory buyback of AR-15s and AK-47s, and the logistics behind that policy.
On Tuesday night, the top dozen Democratic candidates are set to appear at the party’s fourth 2020 primary debate, set at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The debate, co-hosted by CNN and The New York Times, will be broadcast on CNN and streamed online at www.cnn.com and www.nytimes.com, as well as on the outlets’ apps.
After back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.
CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is a convicted felon who can't own a gun, and while campaigning for president has said he will send men house-to-house to take away guns.
TRUMP: "Democrats want to confiscate guns from law-abiding Americans so they're totally defenseless when somebody walks into their house with a gun." — remarks Thursday to House Republicans in Baltimore.
Democratic debate night No. 3: Attacks and counter-attacks. Love for one former president, loathing for the current one. A 76-year-old front-runner essentially got called old, and he turned around and called another rival a "socialist."
The third Democratic debate seemed to end in a 10-way tie.
O'ROURKE: "I listen to scientists on this and they're very clear: We don't have more than 10 years to get this right. And we won't meet that challenge with half-steps, half-measures or only half the country."
The photos also spurred many of the Democratic presidential candidates to criticize U.S. immigration policy.