CNN political analyst Van Jones suggested that the first Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night may have been White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s “last hurrah."

Jones called out the former Texas congressman for not being able to capture the same level of excitement for his presidential bid as he did in his 2018 Senate run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent MORE (R-Texas).

“I think he’s done because there was such hope and expectation about him,” Jones said on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360" during a panel discussion following the debate hosted by NBC in Miami.

“[Wednesday’s debate] was really the night to remind people why he was this incredible rising star, and on the issue he should have at least been fluent on, he got his butt kicked hard,” he added.

The political commentator was criticizing O’Rourke’s answers on immigration policy in the debate, especially after he sparred with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D).


O’Rourke called for comprehensive immigration reform, but Castro accused O’Rourke’s plan of still criminalizing migrant families attempting to enter the U.S.

Jones added during the panel discussion that he thought Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration Disney chair says he would consider job in Biden administration if asked Despite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill MORE (D-Mass) and Castro were the winners of Wednesday night's debate.

“Elizabeth Warren looked like a college professor with a bunch of graduate students around her half the time," he said.

"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing better than anybody, but it was Castro that came out of nowhere. Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto,” Jones said.

O'Rourke launched his campaign in March while boasting the potential for strong fundraising and the ability to compete in battleground states following his narrow loss to Cruz last year in Texas.

However, the former congressman has struggled to reach the top tier of recent national polls, falling behind a handful of other candidates the past couple months.