Selina Delp, 32, was waiting in a light rain to hear Mr. O'Rourke speak.
You have been with me from the beginning, through it all. He promoted a mandatory buyback programme in which gun owners would be required to sell certain weapons back to the government. That's a far more aggressive stance than most Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed.
Anchor Chuck Todd said conservatives might wish O'Rourke were staying in the spotlight, given how much ammunition he's provided them with his extreme positions.
Carlson then turned to media attention surrounding O'Rourke: "When Beto announced, the reaction was from the press immediate and enthusiastic.'He was real".
Trump's reference was in regard to a cover story in Vanity Fair magazine as he jumped into the presidential race earlier this year that he was "just born to be in it".
As the initial buzz over his campaign began to subside, Mr O'Rourke tried to reboot his candidacy. But his fund-raising cratered nearly immediately.
O'Rourke supporters lined the streets of Des Moines Friday for several hours ahead of the Liberty and Justice Dinner, an annual event put on by the Iowa Democratic Party. Mr O'Rourke, whose campaign started high and trended only downward, was not so fortunate.
A local from the Texan border city of El Paso, O'Rourke ran unsuccessfully for Senate in the 2018 midterm elections against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, in a competitive campaign that had elevated the challenger's national profile.
A spokesman to Mr. O'Rourke reiterated that stance on Friday.
In this October 10, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall in Los Angeles. Carlson remarked that O'Rourke "was stuck apologizing for who he was", which the host called "the role the new Democratic party had ordained for people like him".
His top advisers had concluded that his fundraising pace meant he'd have to slash spending - likely meaning major staff cuts - in order to pay for the advertising he'd need to get the small boost required to qualify for the debate stage in November. He met with President Barack Obama, who saw in O'Rourke some of the same hopeful political style that he rode to the White House. He is 47 years old, leaving him plenty of time to consider a return to electoral politics.