El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke held his first town hall meeting on Monday since losing his bid for the U.S. Senate in the November midterm elections.
The town hall kicked off with O’Rourke introducing Veronica Escobar, who will take his seat in Congress next year.
O’Rourke says he has faith that Escobar will continue to keep a conversation about keeping an open border — something that prompted the discussion of Sunday’s events of the U.S. Border Patrol using tear gas on migrants seeking asylum at the San Diego/TIjuana border.
“We have the largest market for illegal drugs on the planet, right here in the United States of America, and those drugs many of them are transiting in through the the Northern triangle countries of Central America. We have some responsibility,” said O’Rourke.
O’Rourke believes the U.S. is partly responsible for reducing the harm at the border by addressing underlying problems first. One of those problems, he says, is the U.S. leading the drug war.
After opening up the floor to questions and comments, O’Rourke started getting questioned about rumors of a 2020 presidential run, something he said he is not worried about because he is enjoying time with his family right now.
When KTSM asked O’Rourke if a 2020 presidential run was out of the question he responded by saying, “We are not ruling anything out”.