(FOX NEWS) – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke appeared Wednesday to back off his initial opposition to slavery reparations, saying he would support a bill in Congress to study and consider the payments.
The former three-term congressman from Texas made his comments during an appearance in New York before the National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by Al Sharpton.
Asked by Sharpton if he would back a measure introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a fellow Texan, O'Rourke answered, "absolutely I would sign that into law."
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The comments by O'Rourke represent an apparent shift on the issue for the White House contender.
Campaigning in Iowa last month, O'Rourke indicated he was not in favor of traditional reparations but stressed that it was crucial for the nation to confront the truth of how black people have been treated in America and that systematic racism exists in the country.