Beto O’Rourke

Democrat (sort of)

Beto O'Rourke
Beto O’Rourke


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On the Issues:

(Twitter) Beto O’Rourke talks about means testing Social Security—a reform supported by the Heritage Foundation.

O’Rourke’s rhetoric of unity seems perfectly sincere, but it can also sound like something Democrats have grown awfully suspicious of. (The American Prospect)

Voted to deregulate banks, Loves AIPAC, Supports fracking, Voted with GOP a lot, Voted to fast-track TPP, Broke No Fossil Fuel $ Pledge, Didn’t back Medicare4All, Didn’t back FightFor15 (Twitter)

“In a candidate questionnaire published two days before the 2012 primary, Beto O’Rourke called for raising the Social Security eligibility age & means-testing federal entitlements. Asked if he supported the Affordable Care Act…O’Rourke said he did not.” (Twitter)

In the News:

Beto proposes “war tax” that households without military members would have to pay (The Hill)

Beto O’Rourke in 2012 said the US had an ‘extravagant government’ that needed ‘significant’ spending cuts (CNN)

‘Illuminating Exchange on Health Care’ Reveals Beto Doesn’t Think Insurance Industry Motivated by Greed (Common Dreams)

Former Obama bundler reaching out to top Democratic Party donors to gain support for Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 candidacy (CNBC)

Beto 2020 Has No Reason to Exist (

Beto was a songwriter/poet! An excerpt from his work:

Buff my balls,
Love the Cow,
Good fortune for those that do.
Love me, breathe my feet,
The Cow has risen.
Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.

O’Rourke ‘not … proud’ of teenage murder fantasy writing (Politico)

Beto O’Rourke is the #2 recipient of oil/gas industry campaign cash in the entire Congress (Tweeted link to Open Secrets)

What does Beto O’Rourke actually stand for? (Current Affairs)

Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals (The Guardian)

With Beto O’Rourke as Lightning Rod, Corporate Democrats Aim to Stifle Criticism (Consortium News)

As Beto O’Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style (N.Y. Times)

Beto’s taking a road trip and writing a diary about it

Democratic Operatives Are Building Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Without Him (The Atlantic)

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