O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail

O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail
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Democratic presidential contender Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOvernight Defense: 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran deal | Trump appeals ruling on male-only draft | Kudlow claims Iran sanctions won't hike oil prices Castro wants to follow Obama's lead on balancing presidency with fatherhood Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds MORE said Sunday he plans to "keep it clean" and avoid using the "f-word" moving forward in his presidential campaign.

O'Rourke, who launched his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination last week, was asked during a stop in Wisconsin if he would "clean up his act" and stop using profanities in front of his children, The Associated Press reported.

"I don’t intend to use the f-word going forward. Point taken, and very strongly made..." he said. "We’re going to keep it clean."


A Vanity Fair profile published a day before O'Rourke entered the 2020 race included an anecdote in which O'Rourke says "motherf-----" as he cuts through a busy intersection with his young kids in tow. He then apologizes to his children. 

The AP reported that O'Rourke assured voters that he's never taken LSD, and that there's "nothing" more in his past that could surface that would hurt his candidacy. 

The El Paso Democrat told voters that he previously visited Wisconsin as part of a tour with his punk rock band.

O'Rourke entered the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates last week, joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll The difference between good and bad tax reform MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Spicer: 'Near impossible' for 2020 Democrats to refuse Fox News debate James Comey, wife donated ,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerK Street support to test Buttigieg We should welcome workers' 'powerful victory' in the Stop & Shop strike Harris adds another to her list of endorsements in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.), among others, in seeking the nomination.

The El Paso Democrat has been scrutinized early in the campaign over his membership in a hacking group as a teenager, as well as his comments about how he "sometimes" helps his wife raise their kids.

He has said he's not proud of his involvement int he hacking group, and has said he'll be more mindful when talking about his family in the future.