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Beto O'Rourke apologizes for 'demeaning' 1991 student newspaper article

Beto O'Rourke apologizes for 'demeaning' 1991 student newspaper article
Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke in a debate on Sept. 21 in Dallas with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, whose job O'Rourke is seeking. (Tom Fox / Associated Press)

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas is apologizing for writing in Columbia University's student newspaper nearly 30 years ago that a Broadway musical featured actresses “whose only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks.”

In the Oct. 10, 1991, edition of the Columbia Daily Spectrum, O'Rourke criticized a production of “The Will Rogers Follies.” Online searches suggest it was the only piece he wrote for his college newspaper.

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The story was first reported Monday by Politico, which said an O'Rourke opponent flagged it.

In a statement, O'Rourke said he was “ashamed of what I wrote and I apologize. There is no excuse for making disrespectful and demeaning comments about women.”

A three-term El Paso congressman, O'Rourke is trying to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November.

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