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O’Rourke Says Schumer Should Go

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, Beto O’Rourke, thinks it is time for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to lose his leadership post.

O’Rourke, who is taking on GOP Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in November, said “no” Wednesday when asked whether he would commit to voting for Schumer if Democrats took the majority in the Senate. (RELATED: Beto O’Rourke Was Once For Legalizing Drugs)

“I would have to … listen to those who are vying for that position and then make the best-informed decision. But I’ve not spoken to [Sen. Schumer] or really anyone about it. In fact, this is the first time I’ve been asked the question,” O’Rourke told ABC Wednesday.

Cruz holds a nine-point lead over O’Rourke, according to a mid-July Gravis Marketing poll. (RELATED: Beto’s New Hill To Die On: Impeaching Donald Trump)

O’Rourke notably trailed Cruz only 3 percentage points in a mid-February Quinnipiac poll, causing many around the nation to believe the often circulated theory that Texas is going “blue.”

Quinnipiac polls all “registered voters” in Texas, which led some conservative pundits to question the results, since just over a quarter of registered voters cast ballots in 2014.

The Republican party has held the governor’s seat and both Senate seats for nearly 20 years. O’Rourke still has roughly four months to campaign and try to continue to gain ground on Cruz.

O’Rourke, like many Democrats in Congress, has called for the impeachment of the president over his one-on-one meeting and subsequent press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president refused to acknowledge that Russian agents attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, causing many within his own party to throw criticism his way. Trump was expected to take a hard line against Putin and address election interference and other topics, like the Russian annexation of Crimea, during the press conference. (RELATED: Trump Talks Putin Election Meddling)

“Standing on stage in another country, with the leader of another country, who wants to and has sought to undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States – if I were asked to vote on this, I would vote to impeach the president,” O’Rourke told The Dallas Morning News.

“Impeachment, much like an indictment, shows that there is enough there for the case to proceed and at this point there is certainly enough there for the case to proceed.”

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