Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke told ABC's "The View" on Tuesday he regrets announcing his presidential campaign in an interview with Vanity Fair, in which he implied he was "born to be in" the White House.
Co-host Meghan McCain told O'Rourke in the interview she did not think a female presidential candidate could say or do some of the things the former congressman has done in his campaign, such as announcing his candidacy in a glossy magazine focused on popular culture, current affairs, and fashion.
O'Rourke said he regrets the decision, and admitted it "reinforces that perception of privilege. And that headline that said I was born to be in this, in the article I was attempting to say that my calling is in public service. No one is born to be president of the United States of America, least of all me."
He also explained the comment he made in the Vanity Fair interview about "sometimes" helping his wife, Amy, raise their children.
"In a real ham-handed way, I was trying to acknowledge that [Amy] has the lion's share of responsibility in this campaign," O'Rourke said. "Not only does she work, she is the principal caregiver to our kids, is supporting me, and campaigns with me."
He said he spoke to his wife after the interview, and she said he could have been more elegant in his wording.
"I have a lot to learn and I still am," O'Rourke said.
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