O'Rourke 'not disappointed' by campaign start

O'Rourke 'not disappointed' by campaign start

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession 2020 Democrats feel more emboldened to label Trump a racist Hillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation 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 BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.).

O'Rourke has also been eclipsed by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE.

O'Rourke gained mass attention during his 2018 campaign against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R-Texas).