Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) says he’ll have “to earn” Beyoncé’s support again for his 2020 White House bid.
“Look, I am super grateful that she supported me during the Senate race in Texas,” O’Rourke said in a Tuesday interview with The Root, when asked about the “Lemonade” singer’s endorsement of him last year.
The 37-year-old performer made an unexpected last-minute push for O’Rourke in 2018 in the then-congressman’s tight race with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Senate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump MORE (R-Texas).
“We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right,” Beyoncé wrote in a post to her 119 million Instagram followers on the eve of Election Day. Accompanying images showed the Houston-born songstress smiling and pointing to a pro-O’Rourke Senate campaign hat she sported.
O’Rourke, 46, lost the November race against Cruz. He joined the crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in March.
“You know I understand that I would have to earn her support over the course of this campaign, just as I will have to earn the support of any American who’s going to help to decide this election,” O’Rourke told The Root’s Terrell Jermaine Starr, who asked if the 2020 White House hopeful would seek the Grammy Award winner’s endorsement again.
“I’m going to continue to talk about the things that I think are the most important, continue to listen to people about the issues that are most important to them, and make sure that this campaign really reflects the true ambitions and aspirations of this country and our willingness to ensure that this democracy allows us to fulfill them,” O’Rourke said.
“And [I] hope at the end of the day that we’ve earned the endorsement of Beyoncé and really everyone who’s going to help to make this incredibly important decision,” O’Rourke added.
O’Rourke, one of more than two dozen Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to take on President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE, is set to take the stage Wednesday in the primary’s first 2020 debate.