Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd said he would vote for Donald Trump in 2020 over his friend, former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, should he decide to run and win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
“My plan is to vote for the Republican nominee,” Hurd told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“So, you would vote for President Trump over Beto O’Rourke?” Tapper asked.
“It’s most likely that Donald Trump is the likely candidate, right,” Hurd said.
“So, Trump over O’Rourke?” Tapper pressed again.
“That’s very clear,” Hurd replied. “Unless Beto O’Rourke decides to run as a Republican, which I don’t think he’s planning on doing.”
Hurd, who is the only Republican in the House to represent a district in Texas along the southern border, has been critical of Trump, including the President’s proposal for a border wall.
“Building a 30-foot-high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” Hurd told Tapper on Sunday, adding later, “What we should be doing is focusing on technology, manpower, physical barriers where it makes sense.”
Hurd was one of 13 Republicans who voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration to shift funds to the southern border.
“That gives the President certain powers that I believe goes against what our Constitution has set,” Hurd said.
In 2017, when they were both in office, Hurd and O’Rourke famously took a bipartisan road trip from San Antonio to Washington, DC, broadcasting their nearly 1,600-mile drive.
O’Rourke, who lost a bid for Senate in Texas against Ted Cruz, is weighing whether to jump into the 2020 race.