Beto O'Rourke: Being A White Male In Democratic Primary Is Not A Disadvantage At All


In an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke checked his privilege as a white male. Asked by host Chuck Todd if he sees being a white male as a "disadvantage" in the Democratic primary, O'Rourke said: "I would never begin by saying I’m at any disadvantage at all."

"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 the 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."

"I just think that this is the best field that we've ever seen in a nominating process," he continued. "I think the diversity of background, experience, expertise, that is brought to bear on these problems is exceptional. And I know at the end of the day we'll be on the same team. I'm excited about that. That's the way I'm going to continue to run."

"I also happen to be the only candidate from the United States/Mexico border at a time that that is dominating so much of our national conversation, legislative efforts, and the things that the president talks about. And there's one candidate who's there that can talk about the impacts that immigrants had in safety and our security, as well as our success and our strength. I ran for state-wide office in what was thought to be a red state and that state is in play by some people's estimation. There are some things, perhaps, will be different about this candidate, from the candidacy of others. If that's better or worse, I leave that to the voters to decide."

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