O’Rourke has shied away from partisan labels in the past, even when asked directly about his political views, as Politico noted. When asked if he identifies as a progressive Democrat, O’Rourke said “I don’t know. I’m just, as you may have seen and heard over the course of the campaign, I’m not big on labels. I don’t get all fired up about party or classifying or defining people based on a label or a group. I’m for everyone.” That being said, some have criticized him due to his membership in the centrist New Democrat Coalition, and his moderate voting record as a US congressman. However, he has vocalized more progressive ideas on issues like criminal justice and the legalization of marijuana. During the Senate race he supported “Medicare for all.” These positions were one thing when he was running for Senate against Ted Cruz, but again, as he enters a widely diverse Democratic race for the nomination, it is unclear whether he will hold up to the scrutiny of a presidential run, especially with more progressive contenders, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) whom early polls have shown to be on top of the Democratic race.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019