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'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit 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 WarrenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza 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.