BREAKING: Beto O’Rourke Confirms He’s Running For President
It’s official. Beto O’Rourke says he’s running for president.
The former Texas congressman confirmed to El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM that he’s tossing his hat in the ring for 2020.
“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke said in a text to the NBC affiliate. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”
The confirmation comes hours after the publication of a lengthy Vanity Fair cover profile in which O’Rourke did little to hide his desire to run for the White House.
“You can probably tell that I want to run,” O’Rourke told Vanity Fair. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.”
O’Rourke becomes the latest entrant in an already packed Democratic field, highlighted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Many observers believe former Vice President Joe Biden will soon make his candidacy official.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||03/19/2019|
The pics and the long Vanity Fair article are great.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/13/2019|
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Beto O'Rourke is running for President of the United States.
The former El Paso Congressman will make the announcement on Thursday morning, but he confirmed via text to KTSM Wednesday afternoon that he is seeking the Democratic nomination.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/13/2019|
Good. I hope he takes votes from that Putin-fucker Bernie.
Still Team Kamala here though.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/13/2019|
I think he will split the vote with Bernie among young people. Kamala will probably squeak by as the nominee.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/13/2019|
Kamala is the new Hillary.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/13/2019|
(Somewhere a DLer is preparing a Beto-Buttagieg story for NIFTY...)
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/13/2019|
[quote]Kamala is the new Hillary.
At least Kamala only has a couple of scandals... not 30-years worth.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/13/2019|
I was torn between Klobouchar, Biden, and Pete. But Beto seems to have the "it" factor that I think will play well in places he'll need it. And he raised a lot of money from across the country for a Senate race, I can only imagine the money he'll raise as a presidential candidate. Now if he doesn't do well in debates or his stances on issues then I reserve the right to change my mind.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/13/2019|
Serious question: did he raise all that money because people were so enamored of him or because people hated Cruz so much? All will be revealed now, I suppose. This "I was born for it" quip in Vanity Fair sure isn't the ideal start for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/13/2019|
[quote](Somewhere a DLer is preparing a Beto-Buttagieg story for NIFTY...)
"Are you serious?" Kamala sprang from her chair, dropping her fork with a clatter. "Right in front of my salad?"
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/13/2019|
Marry me R13!!
You 100% win the internet tonight.
I am not worthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/13/2019|
Oh relax r12, he meant he was born to campaign for the presidency, not born to be the president. Try reading it in the context of the article.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/13/2019|
Thanks, R14. Happy to give you a chuckle.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/13/2019|
Is he going to ditch the "Abolish ICE/ Open Borders" bullshit?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/13/2019|
He did not do well in debate against Ted Cruz. He got nervous.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/13/2019|
[quote] He did not do well in debate against Ted Cruz. He got nervous that Cruz was going to summon the Dark Lord
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/13/2019|
Vanity Fair just happens to come out the day Beta announces. What a lucky coincidence.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/13/2019|
He won't get it. He's too inexperienced and he has white privilege!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/13/2019|
[quote]Kamala is the new Hillary.
[quote]At least Kamala only has a couple of scandals... not 30-years worth.
List twenty scandals over the thirty years, please. Or shut up already, for fuck's sake.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/13/2019|
He loves to go barefoot, which is hot. 🔥
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/13/2019|
His prolonged "Will I run?" marketing scheme, with the phony agonizing and the camera recording every second of his "journey", culminates, appropriately, in a "Vanity Fair" spread and the answer that surprised no one.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/13/2019|
Beto is an enchantress and a seductress. The other candidates don't stand a chance.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/13/2019|
R24, he is way behind Sanders, let alone Biden, in having people wait till they figure out their "journey". In any case, how important is that really.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/13/2019|
I don't know r17, why don't you ask him if you ever get the chance?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/13/2019|
R17 Beto was never for open borders or abolish ICE. He has a detailed plan on totally rehauling the broken-down immigration system.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/13/2019|
When he was running for Senate, his border security plan was “everything is great along the border”.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/13/2019|
R30 - Trumpkin - His plan was identical to the plan of Will Hurd: border security needs to be reinforced by increasing manpower at the points of entry and increasing technological surveillance of the border.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/13/2019|
If he is the DEM nominee, I will vote for him.
I live in a red state with little say in who the DEM nominee will be. Additionally my presidential votes of late do not count per se since my state throws all electoral votes to the winner, with no pro rata splitting.
That said, I'll vote for him if he leads the ticket.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/13/2019|
I'd pick Beto of Kamala. The more I see of her the less I like her. Well I kind of actually have grown to hate her. The same with Amy.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/13/2019|
Too little too late. He waited too long. Beto is old news now.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/13/2019|
Isn't he the one with the really good digital social media team? That gives him a head start. He's got the charisma and he was able to create that clip that went viral - the one about kneeling for the anthem. An easy way to get a read on his chances is to watch the GOP. Whoever they go after the hardest is the one they're scared of.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/13/2019|
I hope he has lots of cute merchandise in the campaign store.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/13/2019|
r36, before he even announced some conservative shadow group already put out an anti-Beto ad.
They are scared of him.
And they should be.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/13/2019|
Sanders is the only potential nominee who would keep me home on general election night. Any of the other dem goobers have my vote despite their various foibles/merits/shortcomings. I’m agnostic on race and gender and only slightly skeptical of the 75+ crowd, otherwise I’d vote for any of the dems, including Biden. I think a Bernie presidency would be as bad as what we’ve been putting up with the last couple years.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/13/2019|
I won't vote for Bernie, not that that matters because he wouldn't best w trump anyway. Once they start hammering him on the socialism thing he'd be done despite what he or others might say.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/13/2019|
R40 the MSM has still not vetted Bernie. He has never revealed his tax returns. They all just give him a pass. Unbelievable.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/13/2019|
R13: "Are you serious?" Amy sprang from her chair, dropping her comb with a splat. "Right in front of my salad? Now clean that the fuck up!"
That was gold R13, but I think you missed an even better opportunity....
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/13/2019|
[quote]Isn't he the one with the really good digital social media team?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/13/2019|
Curious to see how this goes for him. He captured the country's imagination when he ran for the Senate, can he do the same on a bigger stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/13/2019|
R41, vetting comes during the primaries. It's too early.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/13/2019|
Somehow I doubt you planned on supporting him in the first place r46.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/13/2019|
It says a lot about Beto that he is entering the race as a serious top-tier candidate when his highest office is a little known congressional rep of El Paso.
His campaign rests on him and his own charisma and ability to raise money from people online.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/13/2019|
His giant neck freaks me out. It’s too big for his head and the bulging veins don’t help. Plus he seems like kind of a flake.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/13/2019|
I get that folks I feel that it's a homophobic nation, but I think eventually Mayor Pete is going to do better than Beto.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/13/2019|
Betting markets love Beto, he jumped into third place.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/13/2019|
R46 written by Bernie's former spokesman and current shill David Sirota.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/13/2019|
R47 I have nothing against him. That article was an eye opener. He also isn't progressive enough for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/13/2019|
LOL r53, that reminds me of something that I was told when I was a child; something that I've always found to be very good advice:
"Consider the source."
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/13/2019|
Agree R50. Beto is the Gary Hart of 2020.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/13/2019|
Beto is just more of the same. This country needs and wants change. Beto isn't it.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/13/2019|
I have never given to a political campaign or worked on one. I will make my first donation tomorrow to Beto and work on his campaign here in must win Michigan. He is sexy as hell
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/13/2019|
Lol, you must be a berniebro r57, or a russian troll pretending to be a bernie bro to sow division. Sadly it can be impossible to tell the difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/13/2019|
The real truth is we will happily go vote for whoever wins the Democratic primary whether it is our preferred candidate(s) or not.
That's the base truth, the only thing that matters is getting Trump out of office.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/13/2019|
Beto will siphon BernieBro votes away from Sanders, causing them to tie.
Then Biden will die.
Which will leave Kamala in the lead.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/13/2019|
R59. I do support Sanders. I know he is fighting for us. He has my vote in the primaries. However I will vote for the democratic nominee whoever that may be. Our goal is to defeat trump. He must be defeated. And anyone who says they won't vote for Bernie if he's the nominee is part of the problem.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/13/2019|
Beto is not more of the same. He is fresh air. People love him and he’ll appeal to a wide audience.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/13/2019|
Yet, he can't even beat the despised Ted Cruz.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||03/13/2019|
“I’m just born to be in it.”
That really reeks of straight, white, male privilege.
I don’t think Dem primary voters are looking for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/13/2019|
how do I donate to our new jfk ?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/13/2019|
Nice one, R42. As long as Amy isn't removing her underwear as she walks away, that is.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||03/13/2019|
Those Vanity Fair photos must have whipped the Feets Troll into a heady froth.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||03/13/2019|
I'm still with Harris or Klobuchar.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/13/2019|
I'm done with ideology. I just want a winner, someone who can beat that motherfucking Trump. If it's Beto, then fine. If it's Biden, that's good too. Harris, same thing. I want Trump gone...heart attack, impeached, defeated. Just beat the motherfucker.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/13/2019|
I'm awaiting Obama's choice/endorsement for the Demo nominee.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||03/13/2019|
Harris is never going to win. Blame Jussie Smollett.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||03/13/2019|
DNC is getting desperate because Harris is polling poorly and Biden will tank when people get to know him...again. Not interested in voting for a man child who rides a skateboard and votes against the environment with the republicans to help the fossil fuel industry and already violated the fossil fuel pledge after taking it. He also married a billionaire and we are sick of being governed by the 1%,
|by Anonymous||reply 75||03/13/2019|
I'm with R72. I can't stand the "but he's not progressive" thing. Who cares. We have a whole new contingent of loud progressives in the House and they'll apply pressure on him if he's president. If they get their way on some issues, so be it, but in the meantime I want someone who'll win.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||03/13/2019|
I think Klobuchar can win.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||03/13/2019|
Not in a million years, R77.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||03/13/2019|
All you Beto stans are forgetting that 1. Beto is kinda dumb and 2. He's a rich fuck. Democrats are not in the mood for a dumb white rich fuck for president. Smart white rich fuck, maybe, but Beto isn't, and that will out over the next... I'm giving him 10 months MAX.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||03/13/2019|
I don't mind that he's rich. If he's dumb, that's a problem. I really don't want another Carter and right now that's the feeling I'm getting from him.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/13/2019|
He's not dumb. For fuck's sake. I followed his campaign in Texas. He held 350+ Town Halls and after speaking extemporaneously for an hour each time (no notes, no teleprompter), he'd take an hour's worth of questions from the audience. From anybody - on any topic. He always answered at length, eloquently and when he didn't know something, he admitted he didn't - took the person's name and followed up with them.
The video clip which went viral about NFL players kneeling was asked him by a Cruz staffer at a Town Hall in a GOP county north of Houston. His answer was totally off-the-cuff, brilliant, moving giving historical perspective.
The Dems don't have a single other candidate in his league as a speaker.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/13/2019|
Already saw a Beto shirt tonight. Century City Equinox.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||03/13/2019|
R83 I need a Beto jockstrap
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/13/2019|
He sounds so affected when he talks. He’s gonna get old fast.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/14/2019|
I fear his homely wife with zero makeup or hair assistance will be a minus
girl be his Jackie oh
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/14/2019|
Forget a Beto jockstrap- I want to see Beto IN a jockstrap. He has a sick body, so trim and fit.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/14/2019|
[Quote]DNC is getting desperate because Harris is polling poorly
Thats bullshit, Harris is polling quite well. She is third behind the nationally known candidates of Sanders and Biden.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/14/2019|
Harris courts and supports bigots. Exactly what the Dems need.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/14/2019|
r90, we'll see what happens now that Beto is in the race.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/14/2019|
r85 Is that real? So we're definitely in the era of politicians live streaming their root canals now, huh? I thought AOC making pancakes on Insta was just her peculiarity.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/14/2019|
Beto is currently greeting potential voters in a coffee house in Keokuk, Iowa.
He couldn't be more IN,
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/14/2019|
Beto is taking questions from potential voters in coffee house in Iowa.
CNN and MSNBC (don't know and don't care about FOX) are both covering it, but host on MSNBC is talking over it.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/14/2019|
This guy just has natural charisma.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/14/2019|
just donated 500 to him.
REINCARNATION OF JFK
)PITY HIS WIFE AINT NO JACKIE}
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/14/2019|
Reincarnation of JFK? Are you insane? This slacker wouldn’t be fit to bring JFK a glass of water.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/14/2019|
how can that son of a bitch trump still be in office
don't they have enuf on him to throw his fat ass in prison?
|by Anonymous||reply 101||03/14/2019|
He speaks from the heart , not politix b.s.
I love him.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||03/14/2019|
BTW, for those who think Beto is just a bunch of fluff with little substance, you should be listening to this Q&A he's currently holding in Iowa. He's giving answers to actual policy questions the people in the coffee shop are asking him.
Now whether you like his answers or not is another story.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||03/14/2019|
Yes his son is actually named Ulysses.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||03/14/2019|
We’ll see how sharp he is at the debates. If he’s truly an airhead, it will show.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||03/14/2019|
Sincere question: if he can’t win a state election against an unlikable candidate like Ted Cruz, why do we think he could win the presidency? I would think more people would vote for trump in Texas than Cruz. Beto will probably lose his home state
|by Anonymous||reply 106||03/14/2019|
He is making very specific policy proposals and is in total grasp of statistics and legislation on things like the environment and education, in response to questions at this Iowa coffeeshop all the newschannels are broadcasting from rn.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||03/14/2019|
watching him speak now
he is my man. lets get his hot ass in the white house..
|by Anonymous||reply 108||03/14/2019|
Yuck. They’re going to try to turn him into JFK II. Just no.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||03/14/2019|
Newsflash, whoever wins the Dem primary doesn't expect to win Texas r106.
If you are honestly "sincere" in your question you must realize it's pretty silly.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||03/14/2019|
Damn, he a good speaker. inspiring!
|by Anonymous||reply 111||03/14/2019|
So far, he's impressive. Did not expect to be impressed either
|by Anonymous||reply 112||03/14/2019|
Beto may or may not win Texas, but he has the best chance of all the candidates currently running (including Castro), and he could end up making the GOP really have to fight to keep it. Which would be great.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||03/14/2019|
R79. Not sure he's dumb. He took money from the fossil fuel industry. We need to get off of fossil fuels. How do I as a voter trust him in going the way of renewable energy?
|by Anonymous||reply 114||03/14/2019|
r106, Trump is less popular than Cruz in Texas, so there's that too.
But it will very hard for him to win Texas; not impossible, but very challenging.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||03/14/2019|
Finally, a plausible contender after the likes of Pocahontas and Kamalala and Coretta.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||03/14/2019|
I like him but he better start rehearsing for the debates. He is no Obama when it comes to that.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||03/14/2019|
You can see this all over Twitter but surprisingly even here. The Berniebros have knives out for Beto.
[Quote]There is no way anyone on the conservative Right can hate Beto O'Rourke as much as the Twitter Bernie/DSA Left does. It's abundantly obvious from their reaction to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||03/14/2019|
He is no Obama.
Given the devotion of his fans, he’s as much about a cult of personality as Trump is.
I’m not voting or supporting personality. I’m voting for policy. We’re not electing a Prom King.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||03/14/2019|
He threatens to take a significant amount of Bernie's 2016 support away from him (not the die hard Berniebros obviously), of course the Berniebros are out to get him and bring him down.
I'd be shocked if they weren't.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||03/14/2019|
Bernie supporters are not out to get him. He took fossil fuel money and people should know that. I'm not worried. All this will come out during the debates. I believe people know that as a country we must get off fossil fuels. This won't help him.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||03/14/2019|
Listen to yourself, R113. He has a failed Senate bid behind him. No idea how much money he can raise in a Presidential campaign. People need to give him time to land. All this projection is just a setup for failure. While the Beto and Bernie freaks duke it out, someone else will emerge the victor. I find all this hero worship really off-putting.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||03/14/2019|
It’s to be Uncle Joe and Kamala, r123. Kamala will kill it in debates but Joe will win the heartland, independents and even steal some Trump white men.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||03/14/2019|
[Quote]Bernie supporters are not out to get him.
That's just not true.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||03/14/2019|
How about we wait and see what actually happens, R124? It’s a deep bench. No need to solidify anything yet when nothing has actually happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||03/14/2019|
R68: I haven't heard THAT story...
|by Anonymous||reply 128||03/14/2019|
[Quote]He took fossil fuel money and people should know that.
Yes, the two candidates for Senate in Texas got the most money from people in work in the fossil fuel industry in the 2018 election.
Does this surprise you? Think carefully about that. Of course him and Cruz got a lot of donations from people who work in the fossil fuel industry. Its Texas.
It's not like it is even corporate PAC money, just from people in that field.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||03/14/2019|
"Why is every Dem except Biden unpopular?" is an interesting Q that no one has answered. Quinnipiac has literally every other Dem underwater -- even Inslee, who is barely known, is -4.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||03/14/2019|
[quote]If he can’t win a state election against an unlikable candidate like Ted Cruz
It has been corrected ad nauseam that Cruz is hated in DC and maybe the rest of the nation but not in Texas - to the degree these endless posts insinuate.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||03/14/2019|
R129: "It's not like it is even corporate PAC money, just from people in that field."
OK, no. It is money from fossil fuel corporate PACs, that's how it works. And he's a Democrat running in a party that wants climate change dealt with. He should never have taken those donations, especially since they were all this decade, it wasn't 20 years ago. There's a lot of policy problems with this guy which is why I won't be supporting him in the primary.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||03/14/2019|
I like beto and inslee. Biden is too old and has #metoo baggage and treated anita hill like shit. Bernie is a straight up grifter. I will vote for whoever the dem is that wins the primary. With one caveat #neverbernie
|by Anonymous||reply 133||03/14/2019|
R129. So as a voter how and why should I trust him to move our country to using renewable energy if he took money from people working in fossil fuels? Maybe Texans think it's ok. The rest of the country may not.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||03/14/2019|
[Quote]OK, no. It is money from fossil fuel corporate PACs, that's how it works
Maybe be informed on what you are talking about.
[Quote]This number isn’t as bad for O’Rourke as it might seem at first blush; it doesn’t include corporate PAC money, for example, since O’Rourke didn’t accept any donations of that type, and it does include smaller donations from non-executive, non-front group Texans who just happen to work in that industry.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||03/14/2019|
R133: Never complain about Jill Stein, third parties or any "spoiler" ever again, got it?
|by Anonymous||reply 136||03/14/2019|
R133. Bernies consistent. Take a look at past things he has said. That's why he will have my vote in the primaries.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||03/14/2019|
R135: I stand corrected. But his voting record is still too Third Way for my liking.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||03/14/2019|
[quote]how can that son of a bitch trump still be in office
Here is your answer, R101:
|by Anonymous||reply 139||03/14/2019|
[quote]He is no Obama.
There is never going to be another Obama. He was a young, handsome black man with Reagan-ish policies and charisma out the wazoo, and enough savvy to hide the more conservative actions of his administration; he might as well be a unicorn.
Pretty much ever since FDR, a Democratic president has had to be charismatic and popular and entertaining. Carter is the only Dem I can think of since FDR who doesn't really fit the bill, and he was only elected because people were so fed up they were desperate to get away from the GOP.
It's possible Beto will be that kind of charismatic candidate. It's early and I'm very much wait-and-see about it. Maybe it'll be Kamala or Amy, who knows. But don't count anyone out yet, it's too early.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||03/14/2019|
Good for him. He's my favorite. Least favorite is Sanders. He's a sexist creep.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||03/14/2019|
Obama needs to be on the ticket, of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||03/14/2019|
Obama can't be on the ticket, he's already ran and won twice.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||03/14/2019|
I am watching a clip from his announcement.
He is still an awkward teenager on a skateboard playing at charisma and gravitas and not really pulling it off.
He will fail.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||03/14/2019|
R143 Yes, he can. A former POTUS can serve as Veep.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||03/14/2019|
[quote]I find all this hero worship really off-putting.
Thank you. I don't think politicians should be viewed as anything other than necessary evils. I certainly liked Obama (and his family), but the over-the-top adoration of him made me feel really queasy.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||03/14/2019|
r124 And then they run together, with Uncle joe making a one-term pledge, and sweep the country.
BTW Beto IS dumb, being a good public speaker does not directly relate to intelligence, and Beto has memorized all of the stock wishy-washy phrases that progressives eat up but don't actually SAY anything. He's one step above AOC. But as many here have posted, you don't have to take our word for it, the debates will make this glaringly obvious.
Compare Beto to, say, my personal favorite candidate who I hope DOESN'T run for president but if she did I'd be behind her 100%, Stacy Abrams, She is one SMART woman and Beto would get eaten ALIVE by Stacy in a debate context, spit out and eaten again. I LOVE her!
|by Anonymous||reply 147||03/14/2019|
He's lovely. Curious how much he'll raise over the weekend. I'll buy a shirt.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||03/14/2019|
Beto would get more love here if he were a cranky old man, opposed school integration, pretended to be Native-American, locked up truants, threw binders at people, or pretended to be straight.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||03/14/2019|
Trump on Beto's announcement:
“He has a lot of hand movement. Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts? I’ve never seen hand movement like that. I watched him a little while this morning doing I assume some kind of a news conference. And I actually never seen anything quite like it. Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree."
|by Anonymous||reply 151||03/14/2019|
I’m not much younger than Beto and grew up among many of his exact type — skateboarding punk rock fans in Che Guevara t-shirts worn with no awareness of the irony of it, let alone the fact that Che was a total piece of shit murderous psychopath of the lowest order.
Pray he fails. You do not want those clowns running anything at all, let alone a country.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||03/14/2019|
Odd for someone whose original slam was "short fingered vulgarian" to focus on hands so much.
But none of the Dems threaten Trump the way Beto does.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||03/14/2019|
Beto threatens Trump??????!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 154||03/14/2019|
What are all the Dems other than Biden unpopular R130?
Because they don't pass the "would I want to have a beer with this person?" test.
They may be smart and good in their particular spaces, but there's nothing about them that people warm up to, nothing that makes them feel like "hey, this person motivates me to be better. I want them as a leader."
So many DLers never understood that was the difference between Hill and Bill. She was smarter and more competent, but he was the guy people wanted to put out for, the guy who made them feel good about themselves.
Only Beto and Biden have that this year.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||03/14/2019|
Bernie supports the NRA and hasn’t released his income taxes......Beto has a moral compass and that is what I need to vote for...I think many of the potential Dems would be great but think Biden could handle Trump in a debate.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||03/14/2019|
Sigh. Now I'm going to have to look it up and see if R151 is satire or reality.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||03/14/2019|
You don't need to be brilliant to be a good president.
As Carter proved, it's often a handicap.
You need to have a good sense of people and what motivates them.
I know many DLers would like the US to be more like Europe, with philosopher-princes and all that, but that's not who we are.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||03/14/2019|
Beto hasn't taken PAC money since 2013, BernieBros. He founded the No PAC Caucus with Ro Khanna. Bernie took PAC $ till 2016 - including $366K from defense contractors AND $$ from oil and gas.
There are 325K people in Texas who work for oil and gas companies and some of them donated to Beto.
BernieBros have been attacking Beto since Bernie had his powwow (apologies to Liz Warren) on November 29, 2018 and decided Beto was the biggest threat to Bernie.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||03/14/2019|
Beto's brand is so chill, nothing Trump says about him matters. It's like "there goes that crazy old man again"
Other Democratic candidates seem clearly taken aback and bothered by his attacks.
Especially since they'd done him a favor and showed up at his wedding.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||03/14/2019|
After seeing him command that crowd in Iowa I would say his chances are good. He is exciting, young, a great communicator and telegenic. I am all in..
|by Anonymous||reply 163||03/14/2019|
The way his wife was grinning during his announcement, you'd think she was sitting on a butt plug.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||03/14/2019|
He may be the only one that can beat the current retard in chief.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||03/14/2019|
His people already texted me this morning for a $$$ grab.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||03/14/2019|
Bernie supports common sense gun laws. Background checks. He did say the nra should not be responsible for someone who obtains a gun legally and then kills. Key word is legally. He did show his 2014 taxes but its not good enough for some. Sigh.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||03/14/2019|
R147 - I prefer Stacey to Kamala.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||03/14/2019|
R161. Doesn't matter to me as a voter. I gave an issue with fossil fuel. I asked this already how do I trust someone who takes money from anyone working with fossil fuels? We have 11 years to get our acts together.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||03/14/2019|
Based on his face and body i bet he got a nice dick. Cut with trimmed pubes.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||03/14/2019|
Trump is insane with Finger Envy.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||03/14/2019|
147 & 168. I think this primary will be such a bloodbath that no one will come out of it friends. And depending on the nominee, I think there’s a good chance Stacey will be drafted for veep. That lady is a true communicator.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||03/14/2019|
I'm the guy who keeps insisting that Hillary has a fantasy of being drafted as the compromise candidate if the situation is that fractured.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||03/14/2019|
Pete! He will continue to impress.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||03/14/2019|
After Hillary lost, I remember deplorables and right-wing media gloating that it will be an easy eight years for Trump because (other than Michelle) Democrats have no one with national appeal. And I remember agreeing that they had a point. Who would’ve thought the field would shape up into such an embarrassment of riches? This primary will only be second to 2008 in excitement.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||03/14/2019|
[quote]Sincere question: if he can’t win a state election against an unlikable candidate like Ted Cruz, why do we think he could win the presidency?
You never know. He may have actually beaten Cruz. You just never can tell, can you?
|by Anonymous||reply 177||03/14/2019|
[Quote] he is my man. lets get his hot ass in the white house..
This sums up the real crux of the support for Beto here on the DL. Ya'll are dickmatized.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||03/14/2019|
Conflating Abrams and Gillum is silly r179.
Stacey Abrams is similar to Beto, she came close to winning in a state that it is hard for Dems to win.
Gillum lost a race he should have won. He is not in the same category as Beto and Abrams. And Abrams was picked to.give to SOTU address, Dems do acknowledge that she is an impressive figure.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||03/14/2019|
Though if the question was about the level of public/twitter interest.
I'd point out Abrams was running for governor, a local position. Beto was running for senator, a federal position, so it does follow there would be more national attention.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||03/14/2019|
Well all is said and done, I feel like the top of the ticket will be a white male, and a female or black person will be the running mate.
Democratic voters are too skittish after 2016 to nominate a minority for the top spot. That includes black, latino and women voters, too. This idea that women voters will only want a female nominee is preposterous.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||03/14/2019|
Aaaand when the opposition research starts coming out, will make for an interesting race.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||03/14/2019|
His hands have already done him in. It's like he's screaming in sign language.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||03/14/2019|
Where can I make a donation to Beto?
|by Anonymous||reply 185||03/14/2019|
will he ultimately have a Howard Dean "scream " moment ? R184
|by Anonymous||reply 188||03/14/2019|
No PAC money. OMG I am screaming with laughter. And even if that were true he's taken more A I PAC money than anyone his age and experience IN HISTORY. So yeah fuck him. Money for Israel's wall border wall policy nouveau ghetto BS. This is NOT what the US needs right now. What we need is someone who understands foreign policy. Because taht is our biggest expenditure and FCKUP of the moment, and it didn't start with Trump, "The Russians", Obama, or even Bush. The world is about to put us in our place if we don't stop supporting the most brutal regimes on earth, it just can't go on.
And I'd never vote for Bernie the sheepdog, however many times he trots out.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||03/14/2019|
When the Saudis start giving him $$$ too, you'll know he's in.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||03/14/2019|
r189 that's too bad about Bernie, sorry but Bernie is the favorite and will win. Don't forget 40% are independent and lean left. The reason the DNC trotted out Beto is because they are desperate. You must be grieving knowing Bernie is making this country a better place because people love his policies. That's what it's about and the DNC keeps giving us personalities, not policies.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||03/14/2019|
R191. Independents love Bernie. I just think some are butt hurt over 2016. Want to blame him for Hillary losing. He asked his supporters to vote for her. Was he to threaten them ? Hillary lost all on her own. I held my nose and voted for her in general. More Bernie supporters voted for Hillary than Hillary supporters who voted for Obama.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||03/14/2019|
An avowed socialist can’t win. Move on
|by Anonymous||reply 193||03/14/2019|
Beto is too Right wing for the party and his hit and run, mom’s tax scam and a million anti-Dem legislation make him DOA. His ego is also out of control.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||03/14/2019|
[quote] I know many DLers would like the US to be more like Europe, with philosopher-princes and all that, but that's not who we are.
DLers cling to the notion that voters love brainy, experienced wonks with highly detailed policy proposals, despite decades of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||03/14/2019|
It’s going to be Biden/Harris. Joe will last one term.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||03/14/2019|
I'm not sure if this is a sign of things to come but he isn't trending today after his announcement but Rosario is for proclaiming her love for Booker?!
Worldwide trends: #SaveODAAT, #PiDay, Golden Tate, Jordy Nelson, #OneDayAtATime, Rosario Dawson, Sasse, Turgeon, Tel Aviv
|by Anonymous||reply 199||03/14/2019|
Joe will be lucky if he lasts through the primaries. He’s got one foot in the grave.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||03/14/2019|
Piss Pig Piers weighs in.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||03/14/2019|
[quote] Beto is too Right wing for the party
|by Anonymous||reply 203||03/14/2019|
Please tell me he didn't endorse that whack job's green deal.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||03/14/2019|
I couldn't find a photo of Beto in a jock strap; however, Mother Jones has video of him in a onesie singing "Blitzkrieg Bop." Will that do?
|by Anonymous||reply 205||03/14/2019|
Beto O'Rourke/Stacey Abrams is a winning dream ticket come true. I can't think of any combo more exciting and energizing.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||03/14/2019|
I know they both lost their last races, r206, but I'd vote for that ticket. Abrams is freaking smart. I expect Beto will stay in the race until the Texas primary at least, so I plan to vote for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||03/14/2019|
Given how many rightwing trolls are posting on here, we can deduce that Beto scares the shit outta Trump.
As for vetting... Beto ran against Cruz and dirty tricks meister Jeff Roe. He's been vetted. Imagine what they could do to Kamala and Booker?
|by Anonymous||reply 208||03/14/2019|
Remember when Beto told 60 Minutes he was not going to run for president ? Phoney.
JON WERTHEIM: We've heard a lotta people speculate that you and Sen. Cruz may face each other again, not in a Senate rematch but running for a higher office. What are your thoughts on-- on running for president?
BETO O'ROURKE: I don't wanna do it. I will not do it. Amy and I are raisin' an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. And we spent the better part of the last two years not with each other, missing birthdays and anniversaries and time together. And we-- we-- our-- our family could not survive more of that. We, we need to be together.
JON WERTHEIM: Is that reversible? You're saying you'll, you'll never run for president?
BETO O'ROURKE: I'm saying that if elected to the Senate, I'll serve every day of that six-year term, that I'm not lookin' at 2020. And, and, in fact, am completely ruling that out, not going to do that.
JON WERTHEIM: No matter what? Win or lose you're not gonna run--
BETO O'ROURKE: Win or lose--
JON WERTHEIM: --in 2020?
BETO" O'ROURKE: Win or lose, I'm not-- I'm not running in, in 2020. I gotta tell you, it's incredibly flattering that anyone would ask me the question or that that's even up for discussion. But, but since people have asked, the answer's no.
JON WERTHEIM: You didn't sidestep that.
BETO O'ROURKE: No.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||03/14/2019|
So what, R209? t doesn't mean he was lying back then, he probably said what he felt at the moment.
It's clear some of you have so little to dump on Beto you are clutching at straws.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||03/14/2019|
[quote] More Bernie supporters voted for Hillary than Hillary supporters who voted for Obama.
I believe, when you count those who didn't vote and voted third party I think it comes out about the same.
[quote]Hillary lost all on her own.
So did Sanders in the primaries, and that's something to keep in mind. His loss was pretty big. A lot of Democrats did not vote for him.
[quote]I held my nose and voted for her in general.
Many Democrats will say the same about Sanders. But what a ringing endorsement..., R192.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||03/14/2019|
Before each public appearance, his arms need to be placed in restraints.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||03/14/2019|
R196: It's why I've frankly hated this country since I was 16. When I learned the truth that is a stupid country who likes it that way, and there is very little to be done to change it. The next year I learned the truth that love was meant for beauty queens...
|by Anonymous||reply 213||03/14/2019|
Yeah,R207. I think those 2 only lost only because of Republican dirty tricks and rigging the system to make it difficult or prevent certain minorities from voting. But it did bring attention to these two and because they lost the way that did, and because they handled it with such grace, the whole country knows about them. So, their losses may have been a blessing in disguise.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||03/14/2019|
he has the balls to win and we all know it.
he has the light.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||03/14/2019|
Even Bill Clinton held his nose when he voted for Hillary.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||03/14/2019|
Balls seems an odd word to use r215. What makes Beto distinctive is he has a lot of heart, he will probably get attacked for not being that "tough" which is what I would associate with balls.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||03/14/2019|
In mythic terms, Trump is the aging senescent patriarch who needs to be overcome by the young hero. Frankly I think Beto fits the mythic narrative, not any of those women. Or Bernie. Or Uncle Joe.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||03/14/2019|
Just imagine Beto on a debate stage, towering over the obese Trump.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||03/14/2019|
He’s going to get destroyed in the debates by some of the smarter women like Harris and Klobuchar.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||03/14/2019|
I LOVE how Beto jumping into the race has the Bernie Bros getting all worked up. BETO offers the spark of hope like Obama did, he has heart. Bernie is a cranky old man who will never get the centrist vote, oh and he's probably a Russian asset unwittingly or not
|by Anonymous||reply 221||03/14/2019|
If Harris was smart she wouldn't have gone to Howard and a 3rd rate law school.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||03/14/2019|
“You can probably tell that I want to run,” O’Rourke told Vanity Fair. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.”
|by Anonymous||reply 223||03/14/2019|
I know this may be hard for you to understand r222, but many students specifically want to go to an HBCU. So they can go to college without people like you....
|by Anonymous||reply 224||03/14/2019|
There's something about him that just makes me think he probably can't win.
That folksy, aw-shucks Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington schtick is already tiresome, and he's just been at it one day. That kind of idealism worked in the movies back in 1939, but that's because it was a MOVIE. A movie that was overloaded with idealism and conveniently left out all of the realism of working across the aisle to work together and compromise. Stewart's gosh-darn "Mr. Smith" character NEVER would've accomplished what he did in the film in real life.
Having said that, I do like the way he went to Iowa to LISTEN to the voters and ask questions of them, instead of relying on all the 'never-gonna-happen' Green New Deal crap, and assorted catch-phrases. Now if he'd just reel it in a bit, toss out the 100 lattes he seems to consume/day, he could turn into a contender.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||03/14/2019|
[quote] Well all is said and done, I feel like the top of the ticket will be a white male, and a female or black person will be the running mate.
Because you're racist?
|by Anonymous||reply 226||03/14/2019|
I will not vote the nomination to Beto O’Rourke. If he ends up the general-election nominee, I will not vote for him to be president of the United States. I am done with corporate Democrats. Beto O’Rourke is a corporate Democrat.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||03/14/2019|
^^^ Yeah, better to have an insane Russian Asset!
|by Anonymous||reply 228||03/14/2019|
R221. I love how the Bernie haters always say things about his supporters. They must fear Bernie.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||03/14/2019|
R227 bullshit - Beto has refused all PAC money since 2013. He explained why when he was running for Senate. When he first ran in 2012, he got all these companies giving him dough and he thought - damn they're generous!. Then they showed up in his office with legislation they'd written.
He founded the No PAC Caucus with Ro Khanna and is championed by End Citizens United. Bernie took PAC $ till 2016 and of course Cory Booker and Kamala Harris suddenly announced they're anti-PAC after taking millions from Wall Street, Big Pharma and Steven Mnuchin.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||03/14/2019|
R232. Please, just copy and paste that any time people post misinformation.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||03/14/2019|
I would like to see a Biden/Beto ticket.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||03/14/2019|
What are his policies? Nothing on his website. When asked in Iowa on certain things like healthcare and climate change, he gave nothing really. I think he might be toast once we get to the debates.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||03/14/2019|
Biden, Sanders, and Warren are all too damn old.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||03/14/2019|
Beto as Pres, the gay butt plug guy as Vice=hottest ticket evah!!
|by Anonymous||reply 237||03/14/2019|
It's not even 24 hours after his announcement and the skits are already starting to appear....First up is a terrible and unfunny one from Jimmy Fallon
|by Anonymous||reply 238||03/14/2019|
"Do you think that the experience [@BetoORourke] has here in the House is a strong enough foundation to jump to the Oval Office?”
@SpeakerPelosi: “And you ask me that when we have a President of the United States who never – you know – please. Yes, the answer is yes.”
|by Anonymous||reply 239||03/14/2019|
On MSNBC they said it was Beto who livestreamed the 2016 sit-in protest for gun control. He did it for 18 straight hours.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||03/14/2019|
He just did some 3 minute video with his wife and he talked the whole time while she said nothing.
He did that in 2018 a couple of times as well. Like he wants all the attention and his wife is just the trophy.
I am really not sure about him anymore. Yes he is great at campaigning, but how will he do when he's actually president and Putin, China start playing with him. Is he tough and shrewd enough to be the top dog in this game? I am afraid he's just another Justin Trudeau who is good as virtue signalling and selling himself on social media but other than that he is a moron.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||03/15/2019|
R238 you have to admit he lends himself to satire. People who are more image than substance often do.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||03/15/2019|
I don't care if skit was made about Beto but god Fallon sucks.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||03/15/2019|
R243. He won't be president. Once the debates start people will finally get an idea of who he is. He says things but doesn't give any specifics. As a voter that is what I'm looking for. I don't care how good looking he is. This country is in big trouble.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||03/15/2019|
[quote] He says things but doesn't give any specifics. As a voter that is what I'm looking for.
That may be what you're looking for, but it's not what most voters are looking for. Voters don't want specifics. They want lofty language. They want simple soundbites. And they want someone with charisma and the "it" factor. They don't give a shit whether the candidate has a 10-point plan to deal with North Korea. Have you not been paying attention to any presidential elections over the last 40 years?
|by Anonymous||reply 247||03/15/2019|
Are you sure R247? I believe a lot more than you think want specifics of how we are going to fix the problems our country is facing.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||03/15/2019|
R246 he gave plenty of specifics during the Texas Senate race. That was the first day.
He pisses off the Republicans but also the BernieBros. Dammit, King Bernie was supposed to be crowned this time out. IT WAS HIS TURN, GODDAMMIT! And he pisses off the man-hating feminists of course. Both Harris and Warren sent out emails yesterday trying to fundraise off Beto. Just like John Cornyn did.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||03/15/2019|
Why would he piss off the Bernie supporters? He won't lose supporters to beto. Beto will take voters from other candidates. Beto is more conservative while Bernie is more progressive.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||03/15/2019|
Beto has two campaign managers, Mr. Smoke and Mr. Mirrors.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||03/15/2019|
R195= Kellyanne, disguised as SJW
|by Anonymous||reply 252||03/15/2019|
[quote] Why would he piss off the Bernie supporters?
I'm guessing Beto may attract young voters, more so than someone like Biden (if her runs) or Harris or Warren.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||03/15/2019|
[quote]Why would he piss off the Bernie supporters?
Because he (Beto) got a passionate following out of a non national campaign. Bernie Bros feel threatened.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||03/15/2019|
Beto got a massive number of millennials off their asses and to the polls in Texas.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||03/15/2019|
GIT HIS YOUNG HOT SMART ASS INTO THT WHITE HOUSE YEA!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 256||03/15/2019|
R255, Obviously, not enough of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||03/15/2019|
Beto is more of a threat to a Biden, Harris, and Booker. Bernie will keep his supporters which include a high number of independents. The biggest voting block.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||03/15/2019|
His rollout has been kind of a disaster. Maybe he should have another one.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||03/15/2019|
I think his rollout has been fine, R260. What is disastrous about it?
|by Anonymous||reply 261||03/15/2019|
R261, The fact that it happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||03/15/2019|
The Texas Tribune's DC correspondent was on MSNBC tonight. Texas Tribune - if you don't know - is a neutral, independent website for politics.
She said Texas Republicans are freaking out. If Beto's the candidate they're afraid not only would he carry Texas, but down ticket races could be a disaster.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||03/15/2019|
I have never given to a political campaign but I gave to Beto. I hope Annie Liebowitz is his official campaign photographer
|by Anonymous||reply 264||03/15/2019|
Fox News must be freaked about about Beto. They gave a ton of airtime tonight to Beto to trash him
|by Anonymous||reply 265||03/15/2019|
How much did he raise his first 24 hours? He won't disclose for some reason. Maybe it's lower than he expected.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||03/15/2019|
I have no problem with Beto"s message of coming together. Hate has bubbled up to the surface and seems so acceptable. I have a mosque about a half mile from my neighborhood and there is a small school attached. I see the small children walking into it as I drive to my office and fear something happening there
|by Anonymous||reply 268||03/15/2019|
It's difficult to call him an empty suit since I'm not sure he owns one.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||03/15/2019|
Four years ago, the same people currently gaga over Beto were plotzing over Martin O'Malley.
|by Anonymous||reply 270||03/15/2019|
In recent interviews Beto has reminded me a lot of Dylan, Haley's doofy boyfriend on Modern Family. Not a good thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||03/15/2019|
Beto has the IT factor, but can he back it up with intelligence. I’d love the have the hottest leader in the free world. We could do far worse 😎☘️❤️🇺🇸
|by Anonymous||reply 273||03/15/2019|
Beto was part of some secret Hackers club back in the late 80's/early 90's. This was before the World Wide Web (what we are ALL currently using) was even a thing.
I'm pretty sure he's intelligent.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||03/16/2019|
I’ll support whomever. But Beto is no longer my favorite. He talks a good game, I love that he brings aspirations to the table, over all he’s ok, but he is not a true Progressive. Either way, if he wins the primaries, his vote is mine, I’ll get behind him for sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||03/16/2019|
[quote] but he is not a true Progressive
And you think that is a bad thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 277||03/16/2019|
Interestingly, Beto is the candidate who is getting ripped to bits by the GOP and by the left. Nobody's looking into Kamala, Pete, Julian, Liz, etc. Why not? You think the GOP won't?
Both Wendy Davis and the Texas Tribune have gone on record saying the GOP is worried sick if Beto is the nominee because he'll carry Texas. None of the others are such a threat to the GOP. Imagine the GOP having to invest massive resources in Texas - the most costly because of physical size market in the country.
Here's an article by a Ted Cruz advisor who was charged with oppo research against Beto during the Senate campaign. He describes Beto's strengths and why he would be the most formidable opponent for Trump.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||03/16/2019|
R277 I do. This country needs change. Capitalism doesn't work. The rich make out fine. Universal health care. The rich pay their fair share. Anyone who wants higher education should be able to have it without crushing debt. Minimum wage needs to be a living wage. This country is like a third world country especially when it comes to healthcare.
|by Anonymous||reply 279||03/16/2019|
R279 the problem with healthcare here is lobbyists. When you have politicians like Cory Booker taking millions from Big Pharma, there is no way there will ever be reasonably priced healthcare here.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||03/16/2019|
Beto thinks that healthcare is a good question, and we should have a national discussion about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||03/16/2019|
[quote]I’d love the have the hottest leader in the free world. We could do far worse.
He’s not hotter than Justin Trudeau. But he might be stupider.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||03/16/2019|
[quote]Beto thinks that healthcare is a good question, and we should have a national discussion about it.
We’ve been having this “national discussion” since 1992, when Bill Clinton made it into a campaign issue.
We’ve had enough discussions, time for action.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||03/16/2019|
I don't see why people think he's so hot. He has big teeth and he looks like he has bad breath. Sinus breath. Ugh. Probably spits when he talks and chews with his mouth open. He's definitely a mouth breather.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||03/16/2019|
At this point I don't worry about policies of the Dem candidates because they're alike and the variations are negotiable. We should remember that Congress's makeup is as important for the enacted policies as is the president.
GOP propaganda is an indicator which candidate they're afraid of.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||03/16/2019|
West Texas Camelot in 2020!
|by Anonymous||reply 286||03/16/2019|
Important takeaways from the article in R278:
- Beto got out the vote in ways none in the GOP expected.
- He lost by a very slim margin in a very red state. This makes him a front runner in states like the Midwest.
- He always looks great and looks like a man of the people. This is real star quality which matters, especially in Dem candidates.
- People who meet him love him and he loves talking to people. He has an instinctive feel for campaigning.
- Talking to people, he frames things simply and in a moral dimension, without a Warren or Sanders shrillness.
- In TX he wanted to win over voters in places that others would have written off.
- He isn't an angry candidate. He's fueled by ambition and has relentless energy. And he can make fun of himself.
This GOP consultant basically boils it down to - Beto had advantages that critics / the media thought were problems but the voters did not.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||03/16/2019|
The problem with Beto is that he got so hooked on the admiration and cheers, that he thinks this is what it takes to be president.
He's a local politician and so far, what I heard him say about issues outside of the US and foreign policy his answers weren't convincing. His ideas about how to deal with Putin are downright dangerous.
He was actually one of the voices who supported Bernie Sanders, who thought the DNC rigged the primaries. He was one of the last superdelegates to vote for Hillary and he also wanted to remove Nancy Pelosi and thought the house should start impeaching Trump.
That's how naive the guy is.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||03/16/2019|
Republicans and Russians fear him, biggly
|by Anonymous||reply 289||03/16/2019|
Apparently his fundraising flopped so badly they refuse to release the numbers.
Beto has no real enthusiasm behind him besides the media, Harris is treading water and the others stand no chance. Looks like DL's last shot as denying Sanders the nomination will be through Biden. Good luck with that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||03/16/2019|
The thing with Sanders is he can win. He has a huge following. Many are independents. Nobody can win without independents. I like his ideas. Are some of them big? Yes. But we need to start somewhere. Look how many are coming around for single payer? He even got other politicians on board. I truly believe he is what this country needs right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||03/16/2019|
Is that his Hillary standard “we need more research” answer on healthcare? Because he’s had a lot of time to think about it and it is not going to instill confidence in voters who are worried about their own healtchare coverage if he doesn’t have an actual plan to safe-guard and expand coverage. He’s going to have to get specific on the policy questions. And make sense. He won’t win in a debate with Pete because he talks in sound bites while Pete is a Bill Clinton level policy wonk who can talk to the average American in terms that they will understand yet doesn’t sound like he’s talking down to them. That’s a gift. A straight shooter with upper level management written all over him. The last part is a joke. Office Space!
|by Anonymous||reply 292||03/16/2019|
R290 Biden won't even win. I believe most people are sick and tired of corporate democrats. I agree beto first day of fundraising was a flop. We do know he made enough to fill his van up lol
|by Anonymous||reply 293||03/16/2019|
Beto has his flaws, and it's possible that he'll flame out, but show me another candidate in the bunch who can connect with voters in the critical Midwest and Rust Belt states and inspire them. Amy Klobuchar, perhaps, but she's very bland and I don't see her ever gaining enough momentum. Biden, perhaps, and possibly Bernie. I just don't see voters in the heartland warming up to DL fave Kamala Harris. If voters in those states didn't particularly want Hillary in 2016, why would they want a black woman from California in 2020?
For better or worse, Iowa and New Hampshire will have a huge influence on who the eventual nominee is. Iowa probably favors Klobuchar (from neighboring Minnesota), Biden, Beto, and Bernie. New Hampshire probably favors Bernie and Warren (from neighboring states). It may be hard (not impossible, but hard) for someone like Harris to finish no better than 3rd or 4th in both Iowa and New Hampshire and still gain the momentum needed to win the nomination.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||03/16/2019|
So this Beto could not even eviscerate Ted Cruz, while a mild-mannere senator from Colorado could do it in less than 10 minutes. Robert has no spine or grit.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||03/16/2019|
He certainly has no gravitas.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||03/16/2019|
To the person thinking Beto will protect the "mosque near me", he's taken more AIPAC money than anyone his age/experience in history. Who do you think is the number one stoker of Islamophobia? It's not the "white supremacists". And if we're honest, the white supremacist culture as it is today in Australia is exclusively backed by rightwing Zionist types, all of their alt-right websites and figures have their roots and origins with ultra Zionists and that narrative; "muzzies are bad, by definition". This attitude did not start bc of immigration. Since 9/11 the idiots of "the west" have been bombarded with this same message.
Anyway Beto will take $$ from whoever. Possibly he is the president the US deserves right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||03/16/2019|
Islamophobia in Europe solely comes from non Jewish white right wing extremists R297.
Reservation about Muslims comes from hundreds of cases of terror attacks, homophobic attacks, attacks on Jews and the horrible treatment of women happening in Muslim communities.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||03/16/2019|
r289, and certain Democratic candidates, make no mistake about that.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||03/16/2019|
There was no such thing as "islamophobia", outside of Israel, before 9/11.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||03/16/2019|
Beto gave a detailed extended response on healthcare today. He supports the Medicare for America plan in the House not Bernie's.
He was in several Iowa towns today - big turnout everywhere. He ran in a race today. He is exhausting all the reporters following him around. Apparently during the race (he had a very good time) he never stopped talking to people running alongside him. Shades of his Runs with Beto in Texas. At one point he and Amy Klobuchar had dueling Town Halls in one town. Amy's was held in the DNC office, Beto's was outside with hundreds of people showing up.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||03/16/2019|
Not THE Wendy Davis. LOL what is Datalounge's obsession with losers? It's depressing. I remember when losers used to just go away.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||03/16/2019|
Something not a lot of people have realized, Beto has no job right now. Most of the people running do. He is going to be able to campaign relentlessly.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||03/16/2019|
[quote] So this Beto could not even eviscerate Ted Cruz, while a mild-mannere senator from Colorado could do it in less than 10 minutes. Robert has no spine or grit.
Every Democrat and every person who is not a trolling moron knows about Texas and how well Beto performed there. No amount of worthless gibberish by morons like you can change that.
|by Anonymous||reply 304||03/16/2019|
R303 Julian Castro hasn't had a job in almost 3 years. He's spent all his time running around the country trying to build up interest in his campaign. To no avail. Hickenlooper doesn't have a job either.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||03/16/2019|
Sorry, but the manic arm waving when he speaks is disturbing.
He looks like he's signing for the hearing impaired.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||03/16/2019|
𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝐀𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐢: 𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝑩𝒆𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒏
Beto O’Rourke is many things. But he is definitely not a fighter. And that’s why it would be a huge mistake for the Democrats to nominate him to take on President Trump in 2020 for the White House. Simply put, Beto cannot beat Donald Trump. Someone else, maybe. But not Trump.
It’s not Beto’s fault he’s not a fighter. After all, he’s led a very charmed, privileged life as a white male. He’s faced very little adversity. He didn’t come from nothing. He didn’t have to fight and scrape his way to the top because of his gender or race or economic circumstances. He has no experience doing battle in high-stakes business or leading tough negotiations. He hasn’t ever fought for working people in contentious situations.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||03/17/2019|
Poor Beto. It’s one thing to run in Texas against the hated Cruz and have the whole country support while raising staggering amounts of cash, but that gave him false confidence that he could replicate it on the national stage. Certainly wasn’t prepared for attacks from the left, the very same people that cheered him on in Texas.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||03/17/2019|
[quote] that gave him false confidence that he could replicate it on the national stage.
LOL! it's only been 3 days since Beto announced his candidacy, and you've already declared his campaign dead in the water. That's hilarious!
[quote] Certainly wasn’t prepared for attacks from the left, the very same people that cheered him on in Texas.'
And, of course, those attacks from the left are actually being orchestrated by the GOP, whose strategy is to unleash the Bernie Bros on Beto.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||03/17/2019|
MSNBC laid out all of his dirty laundry on "Headliners" Sunday evening.
Frankly, there's much the GOP, not to mention his Dem opponents, can harp on, inflate and exploit.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||03/17/2019|
[quote] Frankly, there's much the GOP, not to mention his Dem opponents, can harp on, inflate and exploit.
Well, there you go. You've convinced me. It's Bernie 2020 all the way!
|by Anonymous||reply 311||03/17/2019|
What about Jane Sanders bankrupting that college?
|by Anonymous||reply 312||03/17/2019|
Bernie Sanders now has one thing in common with the millionaires and billionaires and other 1 percenters he so frequently attacked on the campaign trail: he now owns his very own summer home.
Vermont magazine Seven Days reported Tuesday that the 74-year-old senator and his wife, Jane Sanders, have purchased a four-bedroom house on the shore of Lake Champlain for roughly $600,000. Jane told Seven Days that they had recently sold a house in Maine that had belonged to her family since the 1900s, and used the proceeds to purchase the new property, which is located in North Hero (population 803, as of the 2010 census). With this purchase, Sanders now owns at least three houses, the others being in Burlington, VT, and Capitol Hill in D.C.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||03/17/2019|
Beto is a dud. Utterly mediocre dude that decided to run against Ted Cruz. Across the nation Dems sent millions to the campaign - not specifically for “Beto” but for the opportunity to hopefully remove that fucker Cruz. The media latched on to the $$ and totally got the story wrong. They made the dude into a star that he wasnt, he isnt, he ain’t never gonna be.
Zero qualifications - ideas as merit - no means or history of useful alliances to craft in depth policies. Like Bernie he is digging in now though. Utterly insincere the both of them.
Highly educated, qualified, experienced, well studied wonks Harris, Klobuchar and Warren are going to eat those chumps alive. I will live for those debates.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||03/17/2019|
[quote] Highly educated, qualified, experienced, well studied wonks Harris, Klobuchar and Warren are going to eat those chumps alive.
Yes, because we know that experienced, well-studied wonks always win. Just ask President Mondale, President Dukakis, President Gore, President Kerry, and President Hillary Clinton.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||03/17/2019|
And Beto won in Texas R316? He campaigned all over the state and still lost.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||03/18/2019|
The MSNBC Headliners was not flattering.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||03/18/2019|
I want to see Beto and Joe and Bernie on a stage with Klobuchar and Warren. Harris too.
As an aside, I want to say, who the hell is doing Klobuchar's campaign? CNN scheduled her town hall for 10 PM at night she has these gatherings in the DNC offices? I'm seriously wondering WTF is going on with her because they need to step up their games. I get e-mails and twitter & facebook stuff from Kamala and others, but very little from Amy.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||03/18/2019|
President Stevenson, President Humphrey, President McGovern...
|by Anonymous||reply 320||03/18/2019|
$6.1 million first 24 hours. Wow! Beto's the frontrunner.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||03/18/2019|
I’m already tired of hearing about him. MSNBC has wall to wall coverage of his rallies and every time he takes a wiz.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||03/18/2019|
Are we thinking cut or uncut?
|by Anonymous||reply 323||03/18/2019|
Hads any one herd weather Bedo rock is runjing for persondidnt?? I kip wating bot...no nudes!
|by Anonymous||reply 324||03/18/2019|
KC/DC on MSNBC last night was a total bitch regarding Beto. Never liked her but now I hate her!
|by Anonymous||reply 325||03/18/2019|
R325 in what way was she a bitch?
|by Anonymous||reply 326||03/18/2019|
R321. Where did the donations come from? How many donated? He didn't release that. Why? Bernie and Kamala released that information.
|by Anonymous||reply 327||03/18/2019|
beto will win and be our new Obama.....on roids! wheeeee
|by Anonymous||reply 328||03/18/2019|
r325, Did you see Ari Melber's The Beat tonight? The first segment was a totally Beto bashfest; Ari and three women all sitting around the table laughing their asses off about one or another of Beto's gaffes or problems in the last few days.
Couldn't believe I was watching this. Even Ari didn't make much of an attempt to stop the bashing of one of the front running Democratic candidates.
Sometimes being one of the perceived front runners isn't all its cracked up to be. The fawning media can turn on you like a cat and claw your eyes out.
|by Anonymous||reply 329||03/18/2019|
Saw that. Melber's such a tool. They were bitching about white male privilege. So Ari needs to quit and leave his spot to some woman of color.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||03/18/2019|
Yes r350, and that one woman and her "Beto has to clean this all up and try to do better" or whatever nonsense she was spouting; really pissed me off. If I hear one more time that Beto is some kind of sexist because he COMPLIMENTED his wife by saying she did most of the raising of their kids without him, I think I'm going to scream; and then he goes and apologizes, for what? For giving his wife a compliment? Everybody is so fucking up tight these days about offending anybody about anything that nobody can ever say anything nice or complimentary about even their spouse anymore!
Rant over. But I expected more from Ari. My mistake.
|by Anonymous||reply 331||03/18/2019|
the fuks can bash beto all they want
they know he on a path to victory in the damn white house !!!!
clean the place up!
|by Anonymous||reply 332||03/18/2019|
He’s one restaurant counter away from a Howard Dean “YEEEAAHHH!!!”.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||03/19/2019|
He needs to work on depth and substance
|by Anonymous||reply 334||03/19/2019|
R334, usually but not always, a candidate for POTUS, works on depth and substance, and issues, etc. BEFORE they announce their candidacy..... most of the mainstream media has been very indulgent of Beto. They think it's really "impressive" that he admits he doesn't know stuff, and is listening for the ideas of the farmers at his town halls...
|by Anonymous||reply 335||03/19/2019|
Beto is waaaaay too hyper.
He needs Ritalin.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||03/19/2019|
The only candidates who have policy positions on their websites are Warren and Gillibrand. That's it.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||03/19/2019|