On Thursday night MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said in the clearest way possible that he is not intending to switch races and pursue a campaign for the senate. O’Rourke narrowly lost his senate bid to Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections.

O’Rourke addressed his hometown of El Paso for the first time since the mass shooting there which left 22 people dead. “There have even been some who have suggested that I stay in Texas and run for Senate,” O’Rourke said. “But that would not be good enough for this community. That would not be good enough for El Paso. That would not be good enough for this country.”


Despite his insistence, O’Donnell pushed O’Rourke, asking him if he had marked December 9th on his calendar, the last day to register to run for the Senate. While laughing, O’Rourke made his intentions clear, “Let me make your show the place where I tell you and I tell the country I will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate. I’m running for president. I’m running for this country. I’m taking this fight directly to Donald Trump, and that is what I am exclusively focused on doing right now.”

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