O'Rourke regrets launching presidential campaign on Vanity Fair magazine

O'Rourke regrets launching presidential campaign on Vanity Fair magazine
© Greg Nash

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said Tuesday that he regrets launching his 2020 presidential campaign on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine because it reinforced the perception of his “privilege.”

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O’Rourke said he regrets the decision to make his launch announcement on the glossy society magazine and apologized for some of his past remarks.

“It reinforces that perception of privilege,” O’Rourke said. “And that headline that said I was born to be in this, in the article I was attempting to say that my calling is in public service. No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me.” 

O’Rourke was also asked to explain his comments in the magazine piece about how he “sometimes” helps his wife Amy raise their children.

“In a real ham-handed way, I was trying to acknowledge that [Amy] has the lion’s share of responsibility in this campaign,” O’Rourke said. “Not only does she work, she is the principal caregiver to our kids, is supporting me, and campaigns with me.”

O’Rourke said he called his wife after the remarks ran and she told him that he could have made his point more elegantly. 

“I have a lot to learn and I still am,” O’Rourke said.

O'Rourke is making the network and cable television rounds as he seeks to rejuvenate his flagging campaign.

The O'Rourke campaign had been committed to staying off the Washington-New York television circuit, preferring instead to put the candidate in front of small crowds at town hall events across the country. But O'Rourke has been dropping in the polls, leading him to "reintroduce" himself to voters through interviews on national television.