After Beto’s Vulgar Rant, DNC Warns Candidates Not to Swear

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent a letter to qualifying campaigns ahead of its third presidential primary debate, warning the Democratic presidential candidates not to use vulgar language while on the debate stage.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that, as the debate will air on the ABC broadcast network, we are governed by Federal Communication Commission indecency rules,” the DNC wrote in a letter obtained by Axios. “We will not be broadcasting on any delay, so there will be no opportunity to edit out foul language. Candidates should therefore avoid cursing or expletives in accordance with federal law and FCC guidelines.”

The letter comes as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) has been receiving attention for the uptick in curse words that he has been espousing while on the campaign trail.

The failed Texas U.S. Senate candidate first made headlines with his vulgar language while conceding the statewide race to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as part of the 2018 midterm election cycle.

“All of you showing the country how you do this — I am so f***ing proud of you guys,” O’Rourke told the crowd in November. While he received wild cheers at the time, he later swore that he would no longer curse after announcing his bid for the presidency.

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