Beto O'Rourke Campaigns on Bringing Tinder to Rural Populations

Erika Holt
March 16, 2019

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent. Ted Cruz previous year, but his political ideology has been a topic of debate, with some describing him as "far-left" and others framing his campaign as "centrist". In a unusual response, Trump said, "I think he's got a lot of hand movement".

Fellow Texan Julian Castro distributed a list of Texas Democrats who had already gotten behind the former federal housing chief's campaign. He took a solo road trip through the Southwest earlier this year, documenting his travels in a series of Medium posts reminiscent of Jack Kerouac.

O'Rourke said that he plans to travel the country and "listen to those who I seek to serve, to understand from your perspective how we can best meet these challenges".

"I'm not big on labels", O'Rourke told reporters in December when asked whether he could be considered a progressive.

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Mr O'Rourke has represented Texas' 16 congressional district for three terms in the US House of Representatives.

O'Rourke has some stiff competition, with Sen. Statistics have shown violent crime had dropped in the city well before its wall was erected. "We're going to make a stand to ensure that we live up to our promise, to our potential, to our goal as a country".

"But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear nearly too innocent to be a politician-too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage". The clip went viral. And he has the younger, newer face some in the party are eager for and has also gone toe-to-toe with Trump. "Skeptics question whether O'Rourke's political transcendentalism can sustain the meat grinder of a national election". He's an El Paso native whose father was also involved in local Democratic politics.

"His single-minded devotion to [rowing] crew-and to the purifying energy of punk rock-foreshadowed his future political self".

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