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Beto O'Rourke

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Beto O'Rourke (1972–) is a Democrat who ran against incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections. Cruz won, though it was closer than usual for statewide races in Texas (as well as closer than most polls had suggested it would be).[1][2] O'Rourke had previously represented Texas's 16th Congressional District in the House of Representatives for six years.[3] And now he's running for president on a platform of...no one is sure just what exactly, but he's got a lot of charisma.[4]

Presidential candidacy[edit]

I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.
—O'Rourke announcing his Presidential run in an interview with Vanity Fair.[5]

Biden and O’Rourke are very different candidates, but man the one-month O'Rourke media journey — from New Bobby Kennedy to Apologizing Guy Who Stands on Tables — should give the Bidenverse some shivers. — Dave Weigel[6]

He entered the race for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination on March 14, 2019. Almost immediately, he was criticized for his lack of a clear legislative track record or distinctive policy platform.[7] Thus far his candidacy has largely attracted media attention for him standing on tables all the time[8] and apologizing for myriad past statements (including an awkward joke about his wife raising their kids "sometimes with my help").[9] His initial campaign rollout was rather bumpy, failing to give clear answers to many questions and often being light on policy specifics. In May, he tried to re-launch his campaign to offset its initial disappointing launch which had led to his poll numbers and media attention dwindling.[10]

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United States 2020 presidential election articles on RationalWiki
Topics: Abortion - Climate change - Illegal immigration - Gun control - LGBT rights - Marijuana - Taxes - United States Electoral College - Universal healthcare
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries)
Candidates: N/A (D) - Trump (R) Running mates: Not declared
Winner: N/A