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Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke appeared on Tuesday's airing of "The View," and discussed his regrets at appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine to announce his intentions for the 2020 presidential election.
In March, the Democrat officially announced his candidacy in a Vanity Fair profile, in which he boasted that he was "born to be" President of the United States of America.
O'Rourke's remarks were panned widely across the internet.
What did he say on 'The View?'
During his Tuesday appearance, conservative co-host Meghan McCain asked the 46-year-old presidential candidate if he regretted his Vanity Fair profile after criticism.
O'Rourke responded that his privilege was to blame for the choice.
"There have been things I have been privileged to do in my life that others cannot," he said, adding that not being impacted by the gender wage gap and more were instances of such privilege.
The former lawmaker said that the point of his campaign is to bring "people together and making sure Democracy works."
He admitted that he did regret the dramatic Vanity Fair profile and said that it, perhaps, was a mistake.
"Yeah, I think it reinforces that perception of privilege and that headline that said I was, 'I was born to be in this' in the article I was attempting to say that I felt that my calling is a public service," he admitted. "No one's born to be President of the United States of America."
The candidate also said that his intent in appearing on "The View" was to address a larger, national audience, adding that an appearance of this type would permit him to "introduce myself to more of the country and also answer questions about why I'm running and how I propose to achieve the vision I've laid out."
A May Hill/HarrisX poll found former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee front-runner with 46 percent of the poll's hypothetical vote.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) brought in 14 percent of the hypothetical vote, and candidates like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigueg (8 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (7 percent) and O'Rourke (3 percent) trailed even further behind.
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