Dems attracted to O'Rourke because he demonstrates civility, says political analyst

Democrats are attracted to former Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog MORE (D-Texas) because he has brought civility into politics, political analyst Bill Schneider said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking."

"Democrats have to make a decision," Schneider told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Monday. "Do they want someone who's going to stand up to Trump, fight with him, and create a real mayhem in the country? A lot of Democrats do."

"Or do they want someone very different from Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE, which I think would be … Beto O'Rourke, who represents something that people aren't getting from Donald Trump, civility," he continued. 

O'Rourke was defeated by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) in last month's midterm elections, but has been seen as a potential 2020 Democratic contender due to his performance in the race. He initially threw cold water on a possible bid against Trump for the presidency, but has recently opened up to the possibility.

The Texas lawmaker led former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: 'We've learned in the last two years, it doesn't take much to awaken hate' 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president MORE by little more than half a percentage point in a straw poll from the progressive group that was released Tuesday.

— Julia Manchester