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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:19 AM

Beto O'rourke: "i'm Just Born To Do This"
Riding around with Beto O'Rourke as he comes to grips with a presidential run.
BY JOE HAGAN
MARCH 13, 2019
Vanity Fair

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Beto O'Rourke will have to define himself against a crowded field of Democratic candidates, but he doesn't feel the need to draw blood to define himself. "I just don't get turned on by being against," he says. "I really get excited to be for. That's what moves me. It's important to defeat Trump, but that's not exciting to me. What's exciting to me is for the United States to lead the world, in making sure that the generations that follow us can live here.

"What's exciting to me is figuring out something that has eluded us for so long: How do we make sure every single person can see a doctor in this country?" he adds. "That's really exciting to me."

Pressed on his national-policy positions, O'Rourke says he wants to shore up the Affordable Care Act and make Medicare part of the health-care marketplace, and eventually make "health care for all" a reality. He would also make climate change a top priority. "Keeping the planet from warming one-half degree Celsius, for me, is the most important for humanity," he says. He supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal in spirit, if not every letter. "The goal of converting to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade, I love," he says. "It's ambitious. It captures your imagination."

As if to rebut the inevitable accusations that he's a socialist, he proclaims himself a proud capitalist—among the few Democratic candidates, he points out, who have been small-business owners. "The ingenuity and innovation that you only find in America and in capitalist systems, the ability to harness the power of the market," he says, "it's hard to argue against pricing carbon and allowing the market to respond to that."

He also believes in a version of Ocasio-Cortez's call for a higher top marginal tax rate, though he doesn't volunteer the 70 percent number, and he makes a different sort of argument. "If you're trying to mobilize this country to meet an existential threat, as we did against the Nazis in World War II, then you're going to have to ask everyone to sacrifice," he says. "If you don't see a shared interest or shared opportunity to advance, then we'll no longer see ourselves in this together and this country will truly break apart. This level of gross income inequality cannot persist, and if there's a better way to get there, I'm open to it. But it's definitely going to involve higher marginal rates on the very wealthiest in this country."

His biggest strength, of course, is his unique credibility as a voice on immigration. O'Rourke wants to end the War on Drugs, raise the cap on work visas, find a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and create a system with the Mexican government that would track who was in the country. "In my opinion, that includes citizenship for Dreamers, a legal path to citizenship for their parents, and the ability to get right with the law, and work legally, and pay taxes, and pursue a path to citizenship for millions of others who've been working the toughest jobs here."

For some, O'Rourke can still seem politically indistinct, even slippery, but that may be part of his strategy. When asked if he's a progressive, a question that will surely dog him in the weeks to come, O'Rourke hedges with the aplomb of Barack Obama circa 2008: "I leave that to other people. I'm not into the labels. My sense in traveling Texas for the past two years, my sense is that people really aren't into them either."

Positions on issues matter, of course, but they aren't everything. Indeed, in the Trump era it may well be that harnessing intense voter passion is more important when facing a bombastic cult of personality who draws on Fox News rage-ratings. Beto O'Rourke is selling the idea that he can unite the country by playing nice with the kind of people he met in rural Texas on his Senate campaign: middle Americans who had barely met a Democrat, let alone considered voting for one. But O'Rourke also sells a kind of cult of personality of his own, offering himself as the David to Trump's Goliath, a folk hero for our time. He acknowledges that what has made Trump successful is also what has made him successful—an outsider who "bent the media to his campaign," as he puts it.

But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear almost 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. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president. "Whether you meant it or not, I take that as a compliment," he says.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:44 AM

These idiots want to push for all these changes by FORCING everyone to do things their socialist ways, instead of INSPIRING people to come up with voluntary solutions to heath insurance, to energy use, to pollution etc.

But then they have the audacity to call themselves free market supporters etc. And the media calls their lying personalities “charming”. Predictable.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:47 AM

Something about that boy aint right! Tried to read the VF article, fortunately I threw up in my mouth and had to stop! Gonna be fun watching the Dems eat their own in the next year and half.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:54 AM

King of the empty platitudes is on the job! He should fail spectacularly.

I wish him well.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:02 AM

Beat it, Beatoff. You're nothing more than a Triple A benchwarmer.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:10 AM

So the clown car just got a little fuller........ :popcorn:

I can tell you what my friends in El Paso think of this guy.....not much. After the recent happenings in academia, I wonder how Bebeto gamed his way into college?
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:34 AM

Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:06 AM

A born loser!

View Postgravelrash, on 14 March 2019 - 08:02 AM, said:

Beat it, Beatoff. You're nothing more than a Triple A benchwarmer.


:yeahthat:

A triple A douchebag...
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:08 AM

View Postgravelrash, on 14 March 2019 - 08:34 AM, said:


* I couldn't find a smaller pic.

Probably becuase of the size of their egos. ;)
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:12 AM

He sounds so slippery, nothing is a firm stance on anything. Every answer has a escape in it, "I'm open to it", "In my opinion"
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:14 AM

What frightens me is how many people voted for him here in Texas.

But I do see the resemblance to AOC and possibly Mr. Ed.

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/fashion/daily/2018/11/13/13-beto-orourke.w700.h700.jpg
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:33 AM

View PostLongKnife, on 14 March 2019 - 09:14 AM, said:

What frightens me is how many people voted for him here in Texas.

But I do see the resemblance to AOC and possibly Mr. Ed.

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/fashion/daily/2018/11/13/13-beto-orourke.w700.h700.jpg

http://www.tvparty.com/vgifs12/santacoming3.jpg
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:42 AM

There is no way this guy is running for President. He is running for Vice President.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:01 AM

View PostCurrahee!, on 14 March 2019 - 08:10 AM, said:

So the clown car just got a little fuller........ :popcorn:

I can tell you what my friends in El Paso think of this guy.....not much. After the recent happenings in academia, I wonder how Bebeto gamed his way into college?

I think his dad is a judge.

Nuff said.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:16 AM

His campaign theme song will be "Born To Be Mild." And what is it with Democrats and big, horse toothy grins these days?
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

He doesn't have the campaign machine to run for President, this is a desperate plea to who ever ends up winning the nomination to pick him for VP. Total assclown.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:43 AM

Failed Loser with virtually ZERO legislative accomplishment says he's ready to be POTUS


Details at 11....

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:03 PM

View Posterp, on 14 March 2019 - 09:42 AM, said:

There is no way this guy is running for President. He is running for Vice President.


Or Animal Hero First Class.

View PostSeverian, on 14 March 2019 - 11:16 AM, said:

His campaign theme song will be "Born To Be Mild." And what is it with Democrats and big, horse toothy grins these days?


I heard the suggestion Born to (Hit and) Run. The fact that Butto is on stage with Willie Nelson singing On the Road Again is just a complete lack of shame let alone self-awareness.

The other hopefuls should hire Burnin' Vernon Reid to further expose BF0' for the feckless fraud that he is.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:42 PM

LOL, even the old has been pothead Willie Nelson couldn't save this beta male cuck.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:10 PM

FFS another democrat narcissist! Didn't we have enough w/Slick Willy and Barry the Wonder Muslim?

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