2020 Democratic Hopefulsaid on Friday evening that the criticism of his "ham-fed" comments about his wife was "right." "Not only will not I say that again, but I will be much more reflective when I talk about my marriage," he said.
Criticizing his election campaign walk in a podcast of "Political Party Live" podcast in Cedar Rapids, his wife Amy "raised their three children" sometimes with my help ". O? Rourke commented on several campaign stops during his first sweep of Iowa, including the previous Friday, where he always laughed, but also criticized that he was insensitive to the challenges facing single children.
O'Rourke said "in an interview that aired on Friday when he and his wife were about to make the decision he was to run for the president, the "best decision" was made by his wife.
"She said," There are many people who talk about us and do many different things. Instead of finding out now, we just spend some time as a family. "Really, what we did," said O & Rourke.
He said his children would often give "unsolicited" advice to run for president.
"Unwanted, and I honestly did not expect that, but I think they are just as sensitive to what's going on in the world now," O Rourke said. "They understand that they will inherit the consequences of the choices you and I are making right now, and they expect us to make the right decisions."
O & Rourke, 46, also said he was "offended" when he reread the violent fiction he wrote as a teenager, which was re-noticed on Friday after a Reuters report Involved in a hacker group as a teenager. O & Rourke wrote a handful of posts in the group's Message Board under the name "Psychedelic Warlord," including a fictional article he wrote at 15 when he attacked children hit by a car.
"I'm ashamed to read it now, unbelievably embarrassing, but I have to take my words," he said. "Whatever my purpose as a teenager was, it does not matter, I have to look long and hard at my actions, the language I've used, and I have to constantly try to do better."
O & Rourke had said after an earlier election stop that it was "stuff I was involved in as a teenager".
"I'm not proud of it today, and I mean, that's – that's the long and short time," he said. That's what I'm trying to do, I can not control anything I've done in the past, I can only control what I'm doing in the future and what I'm going to do give that is my best. "
The comments came on the second day of a presidential campaign in which O & Rourke wants to establish himself as a unique voice in the race. He avoided what became a tradition among the 2020 competitors by refusing to announce how much money he had collected in the 24 hours following the announcement of his candidacy. He said it would come soon.
"I do not have a specific plan," he added. "We are not ready to release her now."
The Texas-based congressman entered the presidential race of 2020 on Thursday after months of speculation. Last year, he had raised $ 80 million in basic donations from the US Senate in Texas against Republican Ted Cruz while largely avoiding the political action committee's money. His early fundraising numbers will be a first signal of whether his popularity is being transferred to his offer in the White House during the Senate campaign.
So far, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has set the pace for fundraising at the base in 2020,.
When asked if he thought he would excel Sanders, O Rourke just said, "We'll see."
O & Rourke's reception during his first Iowa swing was overwhelmingly positive, even as he struck his campaign with a handful of counties shifted from Democrat Barack Obama's support in support of Republican Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign had.
Most of the towns that O? Rourke visited during his first two days in the state were small towns, peasant or peasant towns. He launched his offer in Keokuk (10,300 residents), arrived at a private home in Fairfield, a city about the same size, and jumped to a coffee shop counter to address the people of Mount Pleasant (8,500).
This strategy lifts O'Rourke from the rest of the field. Many of them have focused early on the state's population centers or the traditionally blue counties that make up the bulk of the Democratic primary.
Norm Sterzenbach, who advises O & Rourke in Iowa, said the strategy stems from the Texan's desire to make more intimate events on his first trip through Iowa.
"He did not want to hold big rallies or big events, he wanted to get into communities and really talk to Iowans, and he wanted to go to smaller towns, smaller communities, and places that politicians had" neglected, "he said.
It was an approach reminiscent of his bid from the Texas Senate when O Rourke met each of the state's 254 counties, even the most rural areas, some of which have not been visited by Democratic candidates for years were. O & Rourke has not committed to visit all 99 Iowa counties – known in the region as "Full Grassley", after Iowa's senior Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley, is known for his full commitment is as much as possible from Iowa.
This strategy, which can be talked about everywhere, reached him within three points when he defeated Cruz in Texas, the largest red state in the United States.