O'Rourke: Being a white male not a disadvantage in 2020 Dem field

O'Rourke: Being a white male not a disadvantage in 2020 Dem field
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE acknowledged on Sunday that he's benefitted from certain advantages throughout his life as a white man, but that he does not view that as a disadvantage in the 2020 race.

"I would never begin by saying I'm at any disadvantage at all," O'Rourke said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on or take for granted, I've clearly had advantages over the course of my life," he continued. "I think recognizing that and understanding that others have not, doing everything I can to ensure that there is opportunity and the possibility for advancement and advantage for everyone is a big part of this campaign and a big part of the people who comprise this campaign."

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O'Rourke praised the diversity in background and experience of the field of candidates seeking the Democratic 2020 in nomination before noting that he brings some qualities that others don't.

The El Paso Democrat noted that he's the only candidate running from the U.S.-Mexico border area and the only one who ran for state office in a traditionally Republican state.

"So there are some things, perhaps, that, you know, will be different about this candidacy, from the candidacy of others," he said. "If that's better, if that's worse, I don't know. I leave it to the voters to decide."

O'Rourke launched his presidential campaign last week, ending months of speculation and joining Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Rock the Vote President calls for dismantling of electoral college MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisStrategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHarris's stepkids call her 'Momala' Sanders joins striking workers at UCLA in first 2020 California visit Lawmakers urge tech to root out extremism after New Zealand MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Jared Kushner's brother made last-minute donation to Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign Biden advisers mull launch naming Abrams as running mate: report MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Watchdog group calls on 2020 candidates to release 10 years of tax returns MORE (I-Vt.), among others, in seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

O'Rourke served three terms in Congress before an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE (R-Texas) last year.

He drew criticism upon launch of his campaign for his comments that his wife, Amy, raises their children "sometimes" with his help. O'Rourke has pledged to be more mindful about how he talks about his family.