Beto O'Rouke suggested taking legal action against large drug companies as a part of tackling the opioid crisis in the US.
He said that while it's crucial to help Americans with opioid addictions find treatment, it's also important to hold some companies, such as Oxycotin maker Purdue Pharma, accountable.
O'Rourke began by saying this, before he was cut off by audience applause: "Let's also acknowledge this: That without consequences or justice for how this happened, for corporations like Purdue Pharma that marketed these opioids -- "
Then, he continued:
"We are busting people for possession of marijuana. Putting them in jail, forcing them to check a box on every employment application after their lease. Making it impossible to attend Drake (University) because they no longer qualify for federally backed student loans. And yet no one from Purdue Pharma has spent a night in jail or paid any significance consequence. We gotta do better."