Beto O’Rourke, who came strikingly close to ousting Sen. Ted Cruz, only to lose the Senate race by slightly more than two points — and with it his congressional seat — isn’t discouraged.
He’s running for president, announcing a bid for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
Last November, O’Rourke proved a Democrat — or at least one named Beto O’Rourke — could be competitive in deep-red Texas. The moment O’Rourke lost against Cruz, his supporters (and not just those in Texas) were already calling on him to run for office again. He ran the closest Senate race in Texas since 1978, earning him national political celebrity.
He broke fundraising records and outperformed polling. His campaign landed him onstage with Willie Nelson and on a couch with Oprah Winfrey. He has been compared to Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln. He’s been consistently polling on the same level as some of the biggest 2020 names in the Democratic field in early surveys.
Important to understanding Beto O’Rourke’s success is that it’s based in ideas. Unlike other rising stars in the Democratic party, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders, who got on the map because of a nerd fight over concrete policy proposals — O’Rourke has made waves for simply stating that a Democrat with liberal values could win in Texas.
Though he doesn’t yet have a binder full of policy proposals, he does have a set of priorities. He believes climate change is serious and that the U.S. should pass commonsense gun control. He champions immigration and doesn’t think border walls are effective. He wants to achieve universal health care coverage “whether it be through a single-payer system, a dual system, or otherwise.”
O’Rourke’s actual political record is what you might expect for a Texas Democrat; despite harnessing the progressive grassroots energy, he’s voted more conservative than the average Democrat. When his name was first being floated for a possible 2020 presidential run, he took hits from the left for taking campaign money from the oil industry and for being part of the New Democrats coalition — a group of House moderates.
At 46 years old, O’Rourke is identifiable because of his charisma. He can command a crowd. He’s a confident dad living out a rock-star dream. And as every profile of him has to mention, he actually was a punk rocker in his youth. Those performances didn’t come close to the crowds he’s drawing now.
Now, Beto O’Rourke is going back on tour — this time for the presidency.
Beto has an open-ended approach to politics and policy
O’Rourke doesn’t have a slogan. He doesn’t have a singular message. And most notsbly, he doesn’t have a prescriptive set of policies to solve what he sees as the country’s biggest challenges. Depending on who you ask, that is either his biggest asset or most apparent vulnerability.
O’Rourke proved the enduring power of retail politics. His primary talking point was that he was willing to talk — with anybody, regardless of their political background or demographic, in every single one of Texas’ 254 counties.
He approaches policy similarly. O’Rourke offers a starting point: a set of liberal values.
For the last several months, fighting against Trump’s immigration agenda has been at the forefront; a native El Paso, Texan, O’Rourke grew up on the border — a region of the country he represented in the House for six years and continues to live in. When President Donald Trump was rallying for his border wall in El Paso in February, O’Rourke was holding his own rally across the street making the case for taking walls down. For the last couple months, he’s capitalized on his large social media following to highlight how immigrants and Americans peacefully share the border region.
That’s his position: Immigration is a cultural and economic good. O’Rourke supports the DREAM Act, Democrats’ go-to bill creating a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. He wants Congress to actually debate comprehensive immigration reform.
In February, when O’Rourke’s interviewed with Oprah Winfrey, he was met with environmental activists championing the Green New Deal — a bold and comprehensive proposal to address climate change and income inequality. “What is your plan?” their signs read.
O’Rourke has said he’s “supportive of the concept” of the Green New Deal — particularly the focus on green jobs. As the Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson put it, “O’Rourke’s default stance is to call for a debate.” It doesn’t matter the issue.
Health care? He likes Sanders’ single-payer bill. He also supports a public option. He also wants to hear your ideas.
O’Rourke is already on Trump’s radar
In many ways, O’Rourke came out of nowhere. He was a backbench Democrat who rarely engaged in the big fights in Congress. His underdog 2018 Senate run against Cruz — notoriously hated by Texas Democrats — put him on the map — along with a pileup of national profiles. He became a poster boy for the blue wave across the country, and drew media attention from celebrities like Stephen Colbert and Ellen DeGeneres.
Republicans correctly bet that they would win Texas in 2018, but they underestimated O’Rourke. For a campaign that didn’t have a political consultant or pollster; a candidate who live-streamed almost every aspect of his life, from his kids eating breakfast to his morning runs with voters, and had a distinctly liberal message — O’Rourke broke through with Democrats and independents. His campaign raised more than $38 million in the final months of the campaign, the most any US Senate candidate has ever raised in one quarter.
If he can propel that energy through a packed Democratic primary, he’s certainly a top contender. And he has already caught Trump’s attention.
“Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!” Trump tweeted in October.
After O’Rourke lost, Trump continued to hit him, saying, “He lost and he wants to run for president. I thought you had to win to run for president.”
And in standing in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Trump took another swing at the former Congress member, calling him “a young man who’s got very little going for himself.”
16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
When all you have is memories:
The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo
“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu
Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI
Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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