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O'Rourke Won't Defer to Castro on Senate Bid

Both are considering running for Cruz's seat.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 27, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-16) said that Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-20) decision on whether to run for Senate will not affect his own.

O’Rourke: “I have the greatest respect for him, consider him a good friend and have told him I think he'd make an outstanding candidate and a terrific senator for the state of Texas, but his decision-making process is outside of my control, so I can only focus on what I can do.”

“O'Rourke has already made clear he plans not to accept PAC money in a potential Senate campaign. Asked Saturday if that would apply to money from national Democratic groups who may want to help him out, O'Rourke held firm that he ‘won't take money from political action committees — and that's across the spectrum.’”

On Saturday, Castro “said he is looking to announce his 2018 decision ‘by the end of April’ and took a pass on responding to recent jabs from Cruz.” (Texas Tribune)

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