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O’Rourke Won’t Commit to Having a Woman Running Mate

"I hear you, again, that would be my preference. I feel like it would be very presumptuous for me to talk about who I would select as the vice president right now..."

By NTK Staff | 03.18.2019 @1:30pm

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) would not fully commit to saying he would select a woman as his running mate if he wins the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, saying it would be his “preference” but adding that he thought such discussion was premature when asked by a voter at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday.

A voter asked O’Rourke whether he would select a woman to be his vice president if he is nominated.

“It’s hard for me to think of a reason that I would not do that. I think talking about who I would pick as vice president just feels really premature,” O’Rourke said.

The voter pressed O’Rourke on the question demanding a more concrete answer.

“I hear you, again, that would be my preference. I feel like it would be very presumptuous for me to talk about who I would select as the vice president right now. But, your point is taken,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke’s response was hardly the full commitment that fellow 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) gave MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when asked if he would select a woman to be vice president last month.

“We have such a great field of leaders. I think that you will rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity. I think it’s something that we should have. So I’m not going to box myself in. But should I become [the nominee], you know I’ll be looking to women first,” Booker said when asked if he would select a woman as his running mate.

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