Biden campaign pledge to Beto O'Rourke on leading gun control push appears to be an empty one

Biden campaign pledge to Beto O'Rourke on leading gun control push appears to be an empty one


President Biden’s election pledge to move quickly on gun control under the guidance of former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke has not materialized, and the White House has given few indications how it might address the hot-button topic.

Standing with O’Rourke last year after scoring his endorsement, Biden told him, “You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me.” Asked this week whether Biden planned to fulfill his promise to have O’Rourke running point on gun issues, a senior White House aide demurred.

“He doesn’t have any official role,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a reporter.

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The president’s pledge to move gun control measures forward immediately has also fallen off — for now, at least, as he focuses mostly on the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a course on China policy, and a handful of other issues.

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