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Desperate Beto? ‘Absolutely’ I Would Do a Fox Town Hall

The question of whether to participate in a Fox News-hosted town hall has become something of a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates.

By NTK Staff | 05.21.2019 @10:00am
Desperate Beto? ‘Absolutely’ I Would Do a Fox Town Hall

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) said that he would “absolutely” participate in a town hall with Fox News on Monday in what might be a last-ditch effort to save his floundering presidential campaign.

“Absolutely,” O’Rourke said according to Politico when asked at a campaign event in Iowa if he would participate in a Fox News town hall. “This campaign is about going to where people are, and you see that physically in where I show up. But it also has to be in those channels or those social media streams where people get their news and their information. That also includes Fox.”

O’Rourke added that he was not aware of any ongoing talks between Fox and his campaign to hold such an event.

The question of whether to participate in a Fox host town hall has become something of a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates.

Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that it would not host any of its Democratic presidential primary debates on Fox News.

But that decision did not stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from teaming up with Fox to hold a town hall.

Sanders’ Fox town hall was a rating success and sparked other 2020 Democratic hopefuls like Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to host their own town halls with the network.

Despite the success of these town halls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have both publicly come out against teaming up with Fox to hold a town hall.

O’Rourke’s openness to hold a town hall with Fox comes at a time when there are growing reports regarding how O’Rourke’s presidential campaign has struggled to gain traction.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that O’Rourke was planning a “reintroduction” of himself to voters after struggling to break through the crowded Democratic primary field.

“But since his mid-March campaign launch, the buzz surrounding the former congressman has evaporated. Competing in a massive field of Democratic White House hopefuls, O’Rourke has sagged in the polls. He’s made few promises that resonated or produced headline-grabbing moments, instead driving around the country meeting with voters at mostly small events.”

“In a tacit recognition that this approach isn’t working, O’Rourke is planning to try again, taking a hands-on role in staging a “reintroduction” ahead of next month’s premier Democratic presidential debate.”

Now, the Daily Beast is reporting that the Republican National Committee and “a top Republican opposition research firm” are no longer getting requests for “oppo” on O’Rourke.

“The lack of oppo requests suggests a larger problem looming over O’Rourke’s campaign: a visible decline in public interest,” the Daily Beast reported.

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