Beto O’Rourke promised to serve a full six-year term and no more than two terms if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, in the closing keynote of the Texas Tribune Festival at the Long Center Saturday.
In an interview before an adoring capacity crowd, O’Rourke also promised to stay positive in the last 38 days of his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, despite what he said were Cruz’s repeated efforts to distort his positions on issues from drug policy to the unequal application of justice in America.
And, in a new development regarding a drunk driving arrest 20 years ago this week on the night of his 26th birthday in Anthony, Texas, O’Rourke said he had been in contact with the passenger in his car that night who corroborated his assertion, at his debate with Cruz a week ago Friday, that he had not tried to flee the scene of the accident, as asserted by a witness cited in the police report.
In that respect, the police report was wrong, said O’Rourke, who said driving while intoxicated was a grievous mistake.
O’Rourke is appearing later Saturday night at Auditorium Shores at a concert that Willie Nelson is headlining.