O'Rourke 'not disappointed' by campaign start

O'Rourke 'not disappointed' by campaign start

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE on Sunday he's not disappointed by the start of his presidential campaign.

"I knew this was going to be tough, it's perhaps one of the hardest things that one can do," the former Texas lawmakers said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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"We're not gonna be able to accomplish this in just one media cycle or in a couple of months. It's a long, hard-fought campaign," he added.

O'Rourke entered the Democratic primary to great fanfare and late last year was even seen by some as a favorite to win the primary.

But he's struggled to win momentum and has seen his polling numbers fall. He's well behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.).

O'Rourke has also been eclipsed by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE.

O'Rourke gained mass attention during his 2018 campaign against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker MORE (R-Texas).