After O'Rourke announced presidential bid, many question 'Beto's' name

Published: Mar. 17, 2019 at 9:46 PM CDT
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El Paso native Robert O’Rourke joined a list of a handful of other Democratic candidates vying to take down President Donald Trump in next year’s election.

O’Rourke who comes from an Irish and Welsh background.

In an interview with CBS, O’Rourke said, “I’ve got experience hiring people, creating jobs, developing the economy of the community in which I live.”

Ronnie Brown, who lives in Texoma said he’d give O’Rourke a chance, “I feel he’s for the people for one thing, its not a one-sided side, it’s about the people.”

O’Rourke ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to Senator Cruz who made an issue of O’Rourke’s Hispanic nickname ‘Beto’. In a radio jingle Senator Ted Cruz took a jab at O’Rourke. The lines in the jingle go, “I remember reading stories Liberal Robert wanted to fit in…so he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin.”

Gerardo Mendes, a Sherman resident said that he has no issue with O’Rourke using the nickname, and he believes most people in the Hispanic community may feel the same way.

O’Rourke says his parents gave him the nickname 'Beto' as a young child.

A Dallas Morning News report from last year, suggests his father, who is also a politician, gave his son the nickname ‘Beto’ to make him more electable, a report that O’Rourke did not dispute.

Some say he is using that to mislead voters who see his name.

President Trump responded to O’Rourke joining the long list of Democratic candidates saying, “I just say whoever it is I’ll take them on."

“It’s a nickname, people call me Slim, my name’s Ronnie, so it’s a nickname, why get caught up in the name, its about what he does for the nation. It’s what should be important,” said Brown.