US Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke Gets Candid on His DUI

US Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke Gets Candid on His DUI


When you’re in politics, they
dig up every single thing they can on you. And so you have to know that
things are going to come out. And recently–
well, they already knew that you had
a DUI 20 years ago. You were 26? I was 26, just turned 26. So you had a DUI. And then recently, now,
there are new details. And I just want you to be
able to talk about that. Yeah. 20 years ago, I drove
drunk, a terrible mistake. There’s no explanation
or justifying that. Since then, I’ve gone on with
friends to start a business, with Amy to raise a family,
serving my community in the United States Congress. And in many ways, that
mistake did not define me. I was able to go on
and do these things. But I know, to some degree,
that’s a function of the fact that I’m a white
man in this country. I know that if I were
African-American, if I had been arrested
with marijuana, it might be very hard
for me to then get a job. I’d have to check a box
on an application form. I couldn’t finance
my student loans. That might very well narrow my
choices and options in life, as it does for so many in a
country that has the largest prison population on the
face of the planet, one that is disproportionately
brown and black. I want to make sure that
everyone has a second chance. That’s a lesson that I take
from this and something that I want to use as
motivation to make things better for others who may have made
mistakes in their lives. [APPLAUSE] All right. So you are– I mean,
I’m from New Orleans, and I lived in Texas for a short
amount of time, Atlanta, Texas. So I know what humidity is,
and I know what the South is. You’ve decided to
take a road trip to go to every single county– you said 34? How many? So there’s 254
counties of Texas. We’ve now visited
every one of them, had town halls in most of them. So you decided August
was a good time to go take a road trip
in a car, not a bus. But you drove. Right. Yeah. Look at you. I mean– so I have
a gift for you, because if you’re
going to do this– all right, stand up. Yeah. OK. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE] All right. Is that good? Oh, here we go. I’m feeling it. How’s that? It feels good. And then you’ve got your
advertisement right there. It’s fantastic. What do you all think? [CHEERS, APPLAUSE] All right, everybody,
please, please remember to vote on November 6. No matter who it’s for,
your vote does count. We’ll be right back.

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