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The great white, Irish, elite prep school graduate, Robert Francis Beta O'Rourke officially announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Women, blacks, gays, and Mexicans are overjoyed that another privileged heterosexual white male is running for president on their ticket.

He is being hailed as the white Obama by some. The skateboarding Bill Clinton by others.

With his deep experience as an El Paso City Councilman and US House Representative from Texas, a state in which he recently lost a bid for the Senate, he has the experience and popularity to defeat Donald Drumpf.

Some highlights:

Anyone think Robert has a chance?

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I do. I think he has more charisma than the others, isn't (to my knowledge) as insane as them...

I could see it happening. He will certainly play better in Iowa and new Hampshire than Harris and Warren will. 

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During his campaign for Senate vs Ted Cruz in 2018, his fundraising was tremendous.  He raised the most money of any democrat senate candidate in Texas in 16 years.  He drove turnout in Texas as well, with turnout in democrat primaries up by 90% over 2014 and greater than the 2016 election cycle.  Those are 2 powerful statements to make.  The most recent poll shows Beto trailing Trump by 1% 47-46 in a hypothetical 2020 race in Texas.  If he could flip Texas and no other states change, he would become president.

But that is exactly what Beto is:  A bet that he can flip Texas.  If he fails, Trump is re-elected.  And flipping Texas is not really a great bet.  Even with all those positives, Beto still lost to a rather unlikable Ted Cruz.

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CNN has been absolutely egregious when it comes to trying to steer the Democratic nomination. They are hell-bent on a woman being elected. I'm telling you, they are hell-bent.

They have immediately blown off and dismissed any candidate that doesn't have a vagina.

 

You hear some of their comments and they don't even try to be balanced.

Comments like it's the women's time! (which makes me think apparently they're all having their period.)

I know it sounds weird, but I'd really like to focus on who's most qualified and the least insane.

But that would be sexist.

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I donated a decent chunk of money to his campaign last year, and donated again yesterday.

I think we need an idealist like him that has the goal of bringing some unity back, but he needs to tone down some of the hippie sounding messaging. And while I believe in pragmatism and working with both sides to achieve workable solutions, I get that it’s tough to succeed in a large primary like that. 

He should be able to raise enough money to outlast most of the field. Then maybe he grabs a female VP candidate like Klobuchar, and that’s enough to get him the nom. 

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Communist, closet homosexual with a token lesbian wife. 

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Don't know anything about him. Anybody have a short list of things he's done? Any notable accomplishments? 

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My wife hates him because he’s supposedly a moderate / centrist Dem. That’s the reason I’d consider voting for him. I don’t know a thing about Beto yet but unlike half the Dem field I haven’t ruled him out yet. 

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Don't like him...

Primary: Beto O'Rourke - At least he's not Bernie

General: Beto O'Rourke - At least he's not Trump

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13 minutes ago, Filthy Fernadez said:

He stands a chance if the Dems can get the "illegals can vote" and/or "let's have 16 year olds vote" passed.

18-25 year olds don't vote.  What makes you think 16 year olds will?

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1 minute ago, MDC said:

My wife hates him because he’s supposedly a moderate / centrist Dem. That’s the reason I’d consider voting for him. I don’t know a thing about Beto yet but unlike half the Dem field I haven’t ruled him out yet. 

I can agree with your sentiment here.  I don't know much about him, but it seems like in the current climate that a moderate/centrist Dem has no chance.  I think Hickenlooper is worth a look as well, but he will get eaten up by the loony left , I fear.

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4 hours ago, wiffleball said:

CNN has been absolutely egregious when it comes to trying to steer the Democratic nomination. They are hell-bent on a woman being elected. I'm telling you, they are hell-bent.

They have immediately blown off and dismissed any candidate that doesn't have a vagina.

 

You hear some of their comments and they don't even try to be balanced.

Comments like it's the women's time! (which makes me think apparently they're all having their period.)

I know it sounds weird, but I'd really like to focus on who's most qualified and the least insane.

But that would be sexist.

They seemed interested in Biden though..if he runs

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Wouldn't it be cool if everyone could just pick their own 1st name?

Max Sanders
Lex Booker
Fidel Castro

 

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4 hours ago, wiffleball said:

CNN has been absolutely egregious when it comes to trying to steer the Democratic nomination. They are hell-bent on a woman being elected. I'm telling you, they are hell-bent.

They have immediately blown off and dismissed any candidate that doesn't have a vagina.

 

You hear some of their comments and they don't even try to be balanced.

Comments like it's the women's time! (which makes me think apparently they're all having their period.)

I know it sounds weird, but I'd really like to focus on who's most qualified and the least insane.

But that would be sexist.

I watched a bit of CNN last night. They didn't quite attack Beto, but yeah, the coverage for Beto and Bernie both seemed a bot more leery and point/counterpoint. The woman and other men have seemed to be much more positive. If they in fact really want a broad in there, it's possible that guys like Booker, Castro, the gay Butt Guy, etc, have gotten all positive coverage because they aren't considered legit threats to win the thing (whereas Beto and Bernie are obviously).

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3 minutes ago, edjr said:

Wouldn't it be cool if everyone could just pick their own 1st name?

Max Sanders
Lex Booker
Fidel Castro

 

I pefer Webb or Tiger. 

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51 minutes ago, MDC said:

My wife hates him because he’s supposedly a moderate / centrist Dem. That’s the reason I’d consider voting for him. I don’t know a thing about Beto yet but unlike half the Dem field I haven’t ruled him out yet. 

He's not a moderate or centrist.

 

Immigration

As President Trump’s proposed border wall has become one of the biggest issues in American politics, Mr. O’Rourke has made immigration the centerpiece of his speeches.In addition to supporting the Dream Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he has called for the closing of private immigrant detention centers, denounced the “militarization” of immigration enforcement and spoken out against the wall.

Gun control

Mr. O’Rourke arguably first made his name when, after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, he live-streamed the sit-in he and other Democratic representatives were holding on the House floor in support of stricter gun laws.

The Republican-controlled Congress did not pass any gun control legislation then, but Mr. O’Rourke continues to support similar policies, including universal background checks, magazine size limits and restrictions on some semiautomatic weapons.

He also opposes concealed carry reciprocity, which would make concealed carry permits granted in any state valid nationwide, forcing states with strict licensing requirements to recognize permits from states with looser standards. It is one of the National Rifle Association’s legislative priorities.

Health care

While Mr. O’Rourke supports universal health care — increasingly a litmus-test position for Democratic candidates — he hasn’t committed to a specific way to get there. During his Senate campaign, he suggested that universal health care could take the form of a single-payer system or “a dual system,” in which a government-run program would coexist with private insurance.

He has given conflicting messages on the most prominent proposal, “Medicare for all.”

In 2017, during his time in the House, he said unequivocally, “A single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the health care they need.” But during his Senate campaign, he carefully avoided those words, calling instead for “universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care for all.”

He does support expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has urged Texas to do so. Other points in his 2018 platform included allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers and creating incentives for insurers to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

 

Climate change

 Mr. O’Rourke spoke positively about the Green New Deal, calling it technically and logistically doable.

Criminal justice

Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

Trade and agriculture

Like many of the Democratic candidates, Mr. O’Rourke has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs, which have hurt some farmers and blue-collar workers. In his Senate campaign, he emphasized the needs of farmers, calling for a stronger crop insurance program and federal investments in rural infrastructure, including high-speed internet, roads and schools.

He has also drawn connections between agricultural policy and immigration policy, noting that immigrants — many of them undocumented — make up a large share of farm laborers. On that basis, he has cast immigration reform as an economic issue as well as a social one.

“We should treat these individuals with dignity and respect,” he wrote on his website last year, “because they are a critical component of our agriculture communities.”

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I know CNN and the radical Fringe left is absolutely livid that Beto apparently made the cover of vanity Fair. It's just a matter of time before they force every magazine to publish 22 different editions of the same f****** thing just so everybody gets a chance to be on the cover at the same time.

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54 minutes ago, NorthernVike said:

He's not a moderate or centrist.

 

Immigration

As President Trump’s proposed border wall has become one of the biggest issues in American politics, Mr. O’Rourke has made immigration the centerpiece of his speeches.In addition to supporting the Dream Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he has called for the closing of private immigrant detention centers, denounced the “militarization” of immigration enforcement and spoken out against the wall.

Gun control

Mr. O’Rourke arguably first made his name when, after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, he live-streamed the sit-in he and other Democratic representatives were holding on the House floor in support of stricter gun laws.

The Republican-controlled Congress did not pass any gun control legislation then, but Mr. O’Rourke continues to support similar policies, including universal background checks, magazine size limits and restrictions on some semiautomatic weapons.

He also opposes concealed carry reciprocity, which would make concealed carry permits granted in any state valid nationwide, forcing states with strict licensing requirements to recognize permits from states with looser standards. It is one of the National Rifle Association’s legislative priorities.

Health care

While Mr. O’Rourke supports universal health care — increasingly a litmus-test position for Democratic candidates — he hasn’t committed to a specific way to get there. During his Senate campaign, he suggested that universal health care could take the form of a single-payer system or “a dual system,” in which a government-run program would coexist with private insurance.

He has given conflicting messages on the most prominent proposal, “Medicare for all.”

In 2017, during his time in the House, he said unequivocally, “A single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the health care they need.” But during his Senate campaign, he carefully avoided those words, calling instead for “universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care for all.”

He does support expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has urged Texas to do so. Other points in his 2018 platform included allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers and creating incentives for insurers to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

 

Climate change

 Mr. O’Rourke spoke positively about the Green New Deal, calling it technically and logistically doable.

Criminal justice

Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

Trade and agriculture

Like many of the Democratic candidates, Mr. O’Rourke has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs, which have hurt some farmers and blue-collar workers. In his Senate campaign, he emphasized the needs of farmers, calling for a stronger crop insurance program and federal investments in rural infrastructure, including high-speed internet, roads and schools.

He has also drawn connections between agricultural policy and immigration policy, noting that immigrants — many of them undocumented — make up a large share of farm laborers. On that basis, he has cast immigration reform as an economic issue as well as a social one.

“We should treat these individuals with dignity and respect,” he wrote on his website last year, “because they are a critical component of our agriculture communities.”

Well at least he's not against Israel,  for reparations and Bazillion dollar green deals.  That sort of makes him a Centrist in the current Democratic Party. 
 

I think that speaks more about the party then Robert Francis thought.

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I would vote for Joe Biden over this POS.  He is a well spoken version of AOC/Bernie.

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1 hour ago, NorthernVike said:

He's not a moderate or centrist.

 

Immigration

As President Trump’s proposed border wall has become one of the biggest issues in American politics, Mr. O’Rourke has made immigration the centerpiece of his speeches.In addition to supporting the Dream Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he has called for the closing of private immigrant detention centers, denounced the “militarization” of immigration enforcement and spoken out against the wall.

Gun control

Mr. O’Rourke arguably first made his name when, after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, he live-streamed the sit-in he and other Democratic representatives were holding on the House floor in support of stricter gun laws.

The Republican-controlled Congress did not pass any gun control legislation then, but Mr. O’Rourke continues to support similar policies, including universal background checks, magazine size limits and restrictions on some semiautomatic weapons.

He also opposes concealed carry reciprocity, which would make concealed carry permits granted in any state valid nationwide, forcing states with strict licensing requirements to recognize permits from states with looser standards. It is one of the National Rifle Association’s legislative priorities.

Health care

While Mr. O’Rourke supports universal health care — increasingly a litmus-test position for Democratic candidates — he hasn’t committed to a specific way to get there. During his Senate campaign, he suggested that universal health care could take the form of a single-payer system or “a dual system,” in which a government-run program would coexist with private insurance.

He has given conflicting messages on the most prominent proposal, “Medicare for all.”

In 2017, during his time in the House, he said unequivocally, “A single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the health care they need.” But during his Senate campaign, he carefully avoided those words, calling instead for “universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care for all.”

He does support expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has urged Texas to do so. Other points in his 2018 platform included allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers and creating incentives for insurers to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

 

Climate change

 Mr. O’Rourke spoke positively about the Green New Deal, calling it technically and logistically doable.

Criminal justice

Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

Trade and agriculture

Like many of the Democratic candidates, Mr. O’Rourke has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs, which have hurt some farmers and blue-collar workers. In his Senate campaign, he emphasized the needs of farmers, calling for a stronger crop insurance program and federal investments in rural infrastructure, including high-speed internet, roads and schools.

He has also drawn connections between agricultural policy and immigration policy, noting that immigrants — many of them undocumented — make up a large share of farm laborers. On that basis, he has cast immigration reform as an economic issue as well as a social one.

“We should treat these individuals with dignity and respect,” he wrote on his website last year, “because they are a critical component of our agriculture communities.”

KSB nailed it....if that's centrist....fock that.

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1 hour ago, NorthernVike said:

He's not a moderate or centrist.

 

Immigration

As President Trump’s proposed border wall has become one of the biggest issues in American politics, Mr. O’Rourke has made immigration the centerpiece of his speeches.In addition to supporting the Dream Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he has called for the closing of private immigrant detention centers, denounced the “militarization” of immigration enforcement and spoken out against the wall.

Gun control

Mr. O’Rourke arguably first made his name when, after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, he live-streamed the sit-in he and other Democratic representatives were holding on the House floor in support of stricter gun laws.

The Republican-controlled Congress did not pass any gun control legislation then, but Mr. O’Rourke continues to support similar policies, including universal background checks, magazine size limits and restrictions on some semiautomatic weapons.

He also opposes concealed carry reciprocity, which would make concealed carry permits granted in any state valid nationwide, forcing states with strict licensing requirements to recognize permits from states with looser standards. It is one of the National Rifle Association’s legislative priorities.

Health care

While Mr. O’Rourke supports universal health care — increasingly a litmus-test position for Democratic candidates — he hasn’t committed to a specific way to get there. During his Senate campaign, he suggested that universal health care could take the form of a single-payer system or “a dual system,” in which a government-run program would coexist with private insurance.

He has given conflicting messages on the most prominent proposal, “Medicare for all.”

In 2017, during his time in the House, he said unequivocally, “A single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the health care they need.” But during his Senate campaign, he carefully avoided those words, calling instead for “universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care for all.”

He does support expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has urged Texas to do so. Other points in his 2018 platform included allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers and creating incentives for insurers to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

 

Climate change

 Mr. O’Rourke spoke positively about the Green New Deal, calling it technically and logistically doable.

Criminal justice

Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

Trade and agriculture

Like many of the Democratic candidates, Mr. O’Rourke has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs, which have hurt some farmers and blue-collar workers. In his Senate campaign, he emphasized the needs of farmers, calling for a stronger crop insurance program and federal investments in rural infrastructure, including high-speed internet, roads and schools.

He has also drawn connections between agricultural policy and immigration policy, noting that immigrants — many of them undocumented — make up a large share of farm laborers. On that basis, he has cast immigration reform as an economic issue as well as a social one.

“We should treat these individuals with dignity and respect,” he wrote on his website last year, “because they are a critical component of our agriculture communities.”

Lot of common sense policies there. :thumbsup:

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2 hours ago, MDC said:

My wife hates him because he’s supposedly a moderate / centrist Dem. That’s the reason I’d consider voting for him. I don’t know a thing about Beto yet but unlike half the Dem field I haven’t ruled him out yet. 

That's kind of where I stand. I'll listen to what he has to say, which is more than I can say for some candidates that have announced.

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2 minutes ago, MDC said:

Lot of common sense policies there. :thumbsup:

If you're a cuck.

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1 hour ago, edjr said:

Wouldn't it be cool if everyone could just pick their own 1st name?

Max Sanders
Lex Booker
Fidel Castro

 

 

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1 hour ago, NorthernVike said:

He's not a moderate or centrist.

 

Immigration

As President Trump’s proposed border wall has become one of the biggest issues in American politics, Mr. O’Rourke has made immigration the centerpiece of his speeches.In addition to supporting the Dream Act and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he has called for the closing of private immigrant detention centers, denounced the “militarization” of immigration enforcement and spoken out against the wall.

Gun control

Mr. O’Rourke arguably first made his name when, after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, he live-streamed the sit-in he and other Democratic representatives were holding on the House floor in support of stricter gun laws.

The Republican-controlled Congress did not pass any gun control legislation then, but Mr. O’Rourke continues to support similar policies, including universal background checks, magazine size limits and restrictions on some semiautomatic weapons.

He also opposes concealed carry reciprocity, which would make concealed carry permits granted in any state valid nationwide, forcing states with strict licensing requirements to recognize permits from states with looser standards. It is one of the National Rifle Association’s legislative priorities.

Health care

While Mr. O’Rourke supports universal health care — increasingly a litmus-test position for Democratic candidates — he hasn’t committed to a specific way to get there. During his Senate campaign, he suggested that universal health care could take the form of a single-payer system or “a dual system,” in which a government-run program would coexist with private insurance.

He has given conflicting messages on the most prominent proposal, “Medicare for all.”

In 2017, during his time in the House, he said unequivocally, “A single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ program is the best way to ensure all Americans get the health care they need.” But during his Senate campaign, he carefully avoided those words, calling instead for “universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care for all.”

He does support expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has urged Texas to do so. Other points in his 2018 platform included allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers and creating incentives for insurers to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

 

Climate change

 Mr. O’Rourke spoke positively about the Green New Deal, calling it technically and logistically doable.

Criminal justice

Mr. O’Rourke emphasized criminal justice in his 2018 campaign, focusing in particular on racial and economic inequities. In an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle, he described his own criminal record — he was arrested once for attempted forcible entry and once for drunken driving when he was in his 20s; both charges were dismissed — and argued that his success since then had been possible because of his race and economic status.

“The chance that I had, and which I have made the most of, is denied to too many of our fellow Texans, particularly those who don’t look like me or have access to the same opportunities that I did,” he wrote.

He called for closing private and for-profit prisons, decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of people previously convicted of possessing it, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, and reforming the bail system so people charged with misdemeanors would not be incarcerated because of their inability to pay.

Trade and agriculture

Like many of the Democratic candidates, Mr. O’Rourke has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs, which have hurt some farmers and blue-collar workers. In his Senate campaign, he emphasized the needs of farmers, calling for a stronger crop insurance program and federal investments in rural infrastructure, including high-speed internet, roads and schools.

He has also drawn connections between agricultural policy and immigration policy, noting that immigrants — many of them undocumented — make up a large share of farm laborers. On that basis, he has cast immigration reform as an economic issue as well as a social one.

“We should treat these individuals with dignity and respect,” he wrote on his website last year, “because they are a critical component of our agriculture communities.”

So if we want to simplify all of that:

Immigration: Doesn't want to eliminate ICE. Is against the wall. Supports the Dream Act. Nothing extreme there.

Gun Control: Doesn't want to take away anyone's guns. Nothing extreme there.

Health Care: Seems ok with a program that still uses private insurance. Hasn't jumped on the single payer wagon. Nothing extreme there.

Criminal Justice: Basically it sounds like he supports Trumps Prison Reform bill. May as well be a Republican there.

Trade and Agriculture: He seems anti-tariff, like most Republicans.

I guess I don't see the radical left viewpoints. Sure, he leans left, but he is a Democrat. If he leaned right, logic dictates he would be a Republican I think.

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10 minutes ago, NorthernVike said:

If you're a cuck.

Does your wife fock around? 

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1 hour ago, RaiderHater's Revenge said:

this makes so much sense

Cruz wants to be known as an American

Beto wants to cater to the Mexican votes

I will go with the one who wants to be an American

Very impressive, since both Rafael and Robert have been known as Ted and Beto since they were young, quite the foresight by both.   

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4 hours ago, MDC said:

My wife hates him because he’s supposedly a moderate / centrist Dem. That’s the reason I’d consider voting for him. I don’t know a thing about Beto yet but unlike half the Dem field I haven’t ruled him out yet. 

 

6 hours ago, cbfalcon said:

I donated a decent chunk of money to his campaign last year, and donated again yesterday.

I think we need an idealist like him that has the goal of bringing some unity back, but he needs to tone down some of the hippie sounding messaging. And while I believe in pragmatism and working with both sides to achieve workable solutions, I get that it’s tough to succeed in a large primary like that. 

He should be able to raise enough money to outlast most of the field. Then maybe he grabs a female VP candidate like Klobuchar, and that’s enough to get him the nom. 

A lot of estrogen in these posts 

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14 minutes ago, RaiderHater's Revenge said:

I dont think Ted is a nickname

 

Rafael Edward Cruz  - Ted

Robert Francis O'Rourke - Beto

Both are nicknames from their given names, and both have used them since they were young.   Beto was given to him very young and Ted took it on as his own because:

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Cruz said in his 2015 autobiography, “A Time for Truth,” that midway through junior high school in Houston, he decided to stop going by Rafael in part because he already was often called Felito. “The problem with that name was that it seemed to rhyme with every major corn chip on the market. Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos and Tostitos—a fact that other young children were quite happy to point out,” Cruz wrote. “I was tired of being teased. One day I had a conversation with my mother about it and she said, ‘You know, you could change your name. There are a number of other possibilities.’”

“And,” Cruz wrote, “she proceeded to list them: Rafael. Raph. Ralph. Edward. Ed. Eddie. ‘Or you could go by Ted.’ I found that a shocking concept,” Cruz wrote. “It had never occurred to me that I had any input on my name.” He made the switch, Cruz said, though his conservative father initially resisted—especially after his mother pointed out that Ted was short for Edward as in the liberal Massachusetts senator, Democrat Ted Kennedy.

 

Regardless, once you know the facts, it's a non-issue.

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