MSNBC Host Gushes Over Beto O’Rourke: ‘What Can We Do Better?’

Washington Free Beacon | 5/24/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D., Texas) has seen his polls decline and his once adoring media coverage disappear since joining the 2020 presidential field, but he found a sympathetic face on Friday: MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace.

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Wallace, a former Republican who's perhaps the network's most fanatic opponent of the Trump White House, has long been an admirer of O'Rourke, calling him an "all-star" last year and saying his upstart 2018 Texas Senate campaign was "one of the best stories." O'Rourke lost.

O'Rourke drew huge crowds and smashed fundraising records in his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). It hasn't translated on a national stage, where he's barely resonating with Democratic primary voters.

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In a gushing interview on her daytime program Deadline: White House, Wallace criticized the "snarky" national press for dragging O'Rourke, asked him what the media could do better to cover him, and told him to grab one of MSNBC's reporters whenever he didn't "like what's covered."

"Just listening to you, it's clear that you have that thing that not all politicians have," she said. "You remember people's names, you remember where you were when you met them … You get very snarky national media coverage. Where's the disconnect?"

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"I don't know," O'Rourke said, saying it's more powerful to connect with people in person and listing children who shared significant stories with him. "I don't see that so much in the talking heads, but that urgency and...
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