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Beto O’Rourke

Beto
O’Rourke

Beto O'Rourke served in the House of Representatives for Texas' 16th congressional district from 2013-2019, and came onto the national scene during his Senate run against Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018. Prior to serving in Congress, O'Rourke co-founded an internet services and technology company, served on the El Paso City Council, and played bass guitar in a punk rock band. He’s as well known for his love of Whataburger and livestreaming as he is for his unprecedented fundraising from donors across the country during his Senate race. O'Rourke received his B.A. from Columbia University. Learn more about Representative O'Rourke below:

Why are you running

“This moment is our test – the generations that follow ours, the people of the future, are counting on us – and we cannot be found wanting.”

— Beto O’Rourke

Top Priorities

Health Care

Medicare for America, which guarantees universal coverage, but maintains job-based insurance for those who want it.

Climate Change

Re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement, $5 trillion investment in climate-conscious infrastructure and work towards net-zero emissions by 2050.

Democracy Reform

Pass structural reforms exemplified in the For the People Act (H.R.1) to increase participation and remove barriers to voting and enhance election security and confidence.

Tweeter in Chief

Pod Save America

2020: Beto O’Rourke on Biden, Iran and the puppy primary

Timestamps

[00:04:04] Why he should be elected in a divided country

[00:08:57] On prioritizing climate change in legislation

[00:11:01] On the state of the Republican party

[00:13:06] On communities of color, Biden’s segregation comments

[00:15:09] On corruption and corporatization within our institutions of power

[00:18:29] On term limits 

[00:21:27] On immigration and the border wall

[00:25:53] On investing in other countries with taxpayer dollars

[00:28:58] On Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All bill

[00:35:21] On alt-right online communities

[00:39:00] On the current state of Iran and the Trump administration

[00:41:55] On Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and a two-state solution

[00:44:29] On the contemporary state of protest movements

[00:47:56] On the U.S. relationship with Venezuela

[00:49:41] On the DNC debates

[00:51:40] On his dog Artemis

On standing up to special interests

On the case against building a border wall

On leading by example in foreign policy

Timestamps

[00:00:39] Why he should be elected in a divided country

[00:05:32] On prioritizing climate change in legislation

[00:07:40] On the state of the Republican party

[00:09:44] On communities of color, Biden’s segregation comments

[00:11:47] On corruption and corporatization within our institutions of power

[00:15:08] On term limits 

[00:18:05] On immigration and the border wall

[00:22:31] On investing in other countries with taxpayer dollars

[00:25:37] On Bernie Sanders’ medicare-for-all bill

[00:27:46] On alt-right online communities

[00:31:25] On the current state of Iran and the Trump administration

[00:34:22] On Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and a two-state solution

[00:36:53] On the contemporary state of protest movements

[00:40:21] On the U.S. relationship with Venezuela

[00:42:05] On the DNC debates

[00:44:04] On his dog Artemis

His name is Mitch McConnell, and he sucks.

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