May 14, 2019 - Politics & Policy

O'Rourke: I need to do a better job of talking to a national audience

Beto O'Rourke at a town hall.

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke told MSNBC's "'The Rachel Maddow show" Monday he needs to "do a better job" of conveying his 2020 campaign message, after slipping in the polls in recent weeks.

What he's saying: The former Texas congressman told host Rachel Maddow he'd attended more than 150 town halls but acknowledged he needed to "address those who may not have been able to attend them and make sure that they can hear what this campaign is about." O’Rourke said he recognizes that he “can do a better job also of talking to a national audience."

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